With the 2014 Winter Olympics officially kicking off today with the Opening Ceremony, Lindsey Vonn is probably a bit bummed. Tiger Woods‘ girlfriend had hoped to be in Sochi to defend her Olympic downhill title; instead, she’s coping with more rehab on a knee in which she initially tore ligaments more than a year ago.
That might have been tougher to deal with in the past, as Vonn said she used to struggle with depression. But she’s in a much better place now.
“I have sad days, but they’re rare and the lows aren’t as low,” she said in an interview with Self Magazine. “(This past year), I’ve been the happiest I’ve ever been.”
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Much of that year has been spent with Woods, whom she began dating early in 2013. Both have experienced much-publicized ups and downs, both on and off the course and slopes.
“He’s helped me stay patient through rehab,” Vonn said of Woods. “Golf is all about patience – one tournament is four days long, 18 holes a day. He helped me take it one day at a time… We’re good for each other. I don’t know what he’s learned from me, to be honest. But we push each other and help each other when we’re down.”
Yet there are times when they try to keep each other down. The two elite athletes can’t keep their competitiveness confined to their sports.
“We’re pretty competitive in everything we do: tennis, Ping-Pong, who wakes up earlier. I lose more than I win, but I try! He always beats me walking to the car,” Vonn said.
Vonn is staying in the U.S. during the Olympics, but still doing some TV work for NBC. Considering all the issues Sochi is having with its preparedness for the Games, that’s probably the safest move she could make. Woods is probably OK with the fact that he doesn’t have to travel over there either.
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