Carli Lloyd was estranged from her family for 12 years. A lost year reunited them.

Carli Lloyd will arrive at her fourth Olympics playing at a level that disguises her age, which, as of Friday, is 39 — the oldest for a U.S. women’s soccer Olympian ever.

In all likelihood, this will be the last major tournament in a career decorated by gold medals, World Cup titles and international awards.

As her extraordinary tour winds down, though, Lloyd has acquired something that has been absent since she first rocketed to stardom: a relationship with her family.

For 12 years, she rarely communicated with them, the fallout from a rift for which she takes some responsibility. While teammates embraced their parents field-side, Lloyd celebrated her historic hat trick against Japan in the 2015 World Cup final with players and staff.

Written by: Steven Goff