Another record was set by Vonn at the 2010 Winter Olympics when she became the first American woman to win Olympic gold in downhill. However the rest of her 2010 Winter Olympic run would be marred by injury after she had previously bruised her shin during training and then broke her finger during the slalom race. A year later, Vonn lost out in her attempt to become a four time consecutive World Cup winner when she was beaten by her friend Maria Riesch by 3 points. A year later Vonn was back on top, claiming her fourth World Cup, her combined victories so far made her become the third most successful female World Cup racer in terms of victories. 2014 proved to be a tricky year for Vonn, with injury putting her career on hold. She missed both the World Cup and the Winter Olympics due to injury, namely a torn ACL, which she sustained during a training session in November.

Lindsey Vonn and Tiger WoodsLindsey strikes a pose with boyfriend Tiger Woods

Her success and record breaking achievements have made Vonn a celebrity both inside and outside the skiing world. However her relationship with Tiger Woods has brought her more tabloid attention. Woods and Vonn confirmed their relationship in March 2013 and she’s been frequently seen supporting him on tour. Recently its also been reported that Vonn is close friends with Tiger’s ex wife Elin Nordegren, undoubtedly making things a little easier for the golfer who suffered a very public break up with Elin in 2010. Vonn herself has been married, to fellow skier Thomas Vonn. The two athletes wed in 2007 but announced their split four years later. Vonn had acted as Lindsey’s coach and chief advisor during her most successful period.

A record breaking skier and Olympic gold medalist, Tiger Woods seems to have chosen very well. With a career like Lindsey’s, Tiger could actually be the lesser sportsperson in their combined household, which is something the celebrated golfer has surely never experienced. So now lets not hear Lindsey Vonn referred to as mainly Tiger Wood’s girlfriend again, because this skiing superstar is clearly so much more.

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Lindsey VonnMore than just the girlfriend of Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn