What's a little friendly competition between world-class athletes — who just happen to be in a relationship? As an Olympic skier and four-time World Cup champion, Lindsey Vonn is used to going head to head with other sports superstars. And she often wins. But it seems she's met her match in boyfriend Tiger Woods.
Speaking about her relationship with the pro golfer in an interview with USA Today Sports earlier this week, the 28-year-old blonde beauty confessed that she's often on the losing end of the games they play. "We're really competitive with everything — ping pong, tennis, whatever," she admitted. "I usually lose, which is really depressing."
The one activity in which she has the upper hand — besides skiing, of course — is "the hand slapping game," she told USA Today Sports. "I've got better reflexes and better balance."
That balance is something she has had to work at in recent months, ever since injuring her knee in a horrific skiing accident in February. But her recovery has gone well. "Physically I'm 100 percent now," she told the paper of her surgically-repaired right leg. "I've been in the gym far too long. I'm ready to be out in the fresh air."
Her main focus, she said, is getting to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She hopes to get Woods there, too — for moral support — but he may be busy with his own competitions.
"We're trying to figure it out," she explained of his schedule. "But he definitely wants to be there…He plays pretty much the entire year."
Vonn, for her part, is the PGA champ's biggest cheerleader. She has often been spotted on the sidelines at his tournaments, and when she's not there in person, you can bet she's keeping up with the action at home in Vail, Colo. But she has her own life, too.
"I'm the same person I was before. I'm an Olympic ski racer. I don't read into what people say especially now," she said. "Whether people know me for my skiing or not is really irrelevant because people in ski racing know and respect me and that's all that really matters."
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