The 37-year-old golfer has been known for his broken marriage with Elin Nordegren because of his countless affairs, but it seems he may have found a new love interest in Vonn, who has been a Gold medalist at the Winter Olympics and a World Cup champion.
Here’s what you should know about the 28-year-old alpine skier who fell for a reformed hooker addict.
1. Tiger and Lindsey Have Dated for Two Months
The two athletes first met through a ski community during November because Tiger Woods is an active skier, according to Star Magazine. A source close to Lindsey revealed, “Lindsey has been teaching Tiger’s kids Sam and Charlie how to ski.” During mid-January, Tiger visited Lindsey in Austria, where she competed at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup. Lindsey’s friends were concerned over her dating a womanizing athlete, but that that didn’t stop the two lovebirds when they went on romantic vacation to Antigua. Though their busy schedules prevent them from spending much time together, Tiger and Lindsey reportedly stay in contact by phone.
2. Lindsey is a World Champion Skier
Lindsey Vonn has competed alongside with her U.S. Ski Team at various alpine skiing events like the Alpine Ski World Cup and the Winter Olympics. The highlight of her career came when she won her first Gold medal at the Downhill competition at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, being the only American woman to do so. She also won a bronze at the Olympics in the Super-G competition. Her 2010 Olympics success led to the USOC naming her sportswoman of the year. Before winning the gold at the Winter Olympics, she competed at the Alpine Ski World Championship, winning four times and earning two gold medals for the Downhill and Super-G.
3. Lindsey Was Previously Married to Another Skier
Lindsey was married for four years to former U.S. Ski Team athlete Thomas Vonn. They were married in September 29, 2007, at the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah. Her father didn’t approve of their marriage due to Thomas’ being nine years her senior. After that, Lindsey didn’t speak to her dad for six years. Thomas supported her career, scheduling interviews and dealing other logistics while she focused on skiing. The couple stayed married until November 2011, when it was announced they were getting divorced. Their divorce was finalized this month, coincidentally after reports of her dating Tiger Woods came out.
4. She Guest Starred on Law & Order
One of Lindsey Vonn’s favorite pasttimes was watching Law & Order, and the show gave her a chance to try her acting skills. The skier played an administrative assistant in the show’s final episode, “Rubber Room,” which aired on May 24, 2010.
5. She’s Fluent in German
Lindsey Vonn started learning German when she stayed at her friend and rival Maria Riesch’s home in Garmisch, Germany. Lindsey and Thomas used to spend Christmas Eve at Maria’s family home. Ever since then, Lindsey has been frequently visiting Maria in Germany where she also keeps her most unusual trophies: an over-sized cow named Olympe.
6. She Appeared in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition
To promote her involvement in the 2010 Winter Olympics, Lindsey appeared on the Sport Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition. The magazine featured her along with other Winter Olympians looking at their best. Who knew she would look good in a bikini?
7. She was Number 59 in Maxim’s 2010 Hot 100 List and Appeared on EPSN
Following her golden win at the Winter Olympics, Maxim Magazine was kind enough to feature her in its annual Hot 100 List. She was also on the cover of EPSN Magazine in a pose that imitates that seductive scene in Basic Instinct. With this cover, she proved that even Olympic athletes can be sexy.
8. She Battled Depression
Since 2002, Lindsey Vonn suffered from depression, which runs in her family. She has been going through medical treatment in 2008 after hitting a low point in her life. She told People Magazine that she had quietly suffered through this for many years and takes an anti-depressant to help control her symptoms. She said, “Everything about my life seemed so perfect to people. But I struggle like everyone else.”
9. Lindsey Vonn Became the Face of Her Sport
Lindsey Vonn has become the face of her sport ever since her big win at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. She gained so much media attention appearing in many programs like The Today Show, David Letterman, and Access Hollywood. She also had endorsements with companies like Red Bull, Oakley, Under Armour, and Rolex.
10. Her Role Model Was Gold Medalist Picabo Street
Any young girl who wanted to be an Olympic skier may look up to Lindsey Vonn as inspiration. When she was 10, Lindsey Vonn also looked up to an Olympic athlete as a role model: Picabo Street. Lindsey remembered the day she first met Picabo, who is an Olympic gold medalist herself. She made such an impression on her that Picabo took Lindsey under her wing as a mentor in skiing.
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