"When Red Bull invited me to be part of their Athletes Special Projects," says Lindsey, "I didn't need to think twice. I had a feeling this was going to be my big chance."
At the very beginning, the legendary Tyrolean coach and head of Red Bull Athletes Special Projects, Robert Trenkwalder, presented an unique concept to the coaches in charge at the US Ski Team, Patrick Riml and Alex Hoedlmoser - thus, out of a unique concept - an unique agreement arose. And this was paving the way for an excellent future cooperation between the US ski team and the team of ASP Red Bull.
Truly, the team turned Lindsey's life upside down, transforming the 20-year-old into the world's most professional skier.
She had an entirely new training regime, specifically tailored to Lindsey's needs; she took German lessons to make her day-to-day life in the major Alpine skiing countries easier; and targeted fitness and physio sessions during the competitive season. "At first, I would question every new suggestion," she says. "During power training, for example, I wanted to know the exact benefits of each individual exercise. Gradually I saw my strength and performance improve, so my confidence in it grew."
Direct from summer training in Oregon and Chile, she dashed out of the gates in December of that year to take victory in the Downhill events at Lake Louise, Canada and Val d'Isere, France.
The traditional spoils of the French race is a cow, which she happily received. The cow is appropriately named Olympe, and Lindsey still keeps the pet on a farm near the US Ski Team's training base in Austria.
Lindsey was even more tempted by another prize - namely an Olympic medal. "Last time I went to the Olympics, I was basically there for the experience, and it was really fun," Lindsey recalls. But 2006 was a different story. Heading for Turin, she was one of the women's US Ski Team's biggest hopefuls. Unfortunately, it was not to be. During a practice run, Kildow crashed and ended up in hospital. She was shaken, but the hospital eventually released her - Lindsey hadn't come this far not to race. She finished eighth in Downhill, seventh in Super G and 14th in the Slalom, despite that harrowing crash.
And there it was again, the attitude of never letting setbacks get her down: "That happened for a reason," she said. "It was a missed opportunity, but it gave me the fuel and motivation that I needed."
And need it she did: Lindsey crashed again in Austria, in October 2006. "I had a bit of bone bruising. It hasn't totally cleared up, but it's not preventing me from skiing," she commented. Indeed not. She bounced back to win the Downhill at Lake Louise (a place where she always seems to shine) with second places in another Downhill and Super G. A victory at Lake Louise followed in the Val d'Isere Downhill, one in the San Sicario/Sestriere Super G and six other podiums. Two of the most valuable she celebrated at the World Championships in Are, where Lindsey won silver in the Downhill and Super G. But she ended the season with a pulled tendon.