Becoming one of the most famous — and sexiest — ex-sports wives of all times, after her marriage to Tiger Woods crumbled with his slew of infidelities, Elin Nordegren is embarking on a new and exciting chapter of her life, finding love with investor Jamie Dingman.
In honor of the sexy Swede’s new romance, RadarOnline.com explores Elin’s life in photos — from her modeling career and short stint as a golf nanny, to her life in the spotlight as Tiger’s wife and to her new life as a single mom.
Born a twin in Stockholm, Sweden on New Years Day, 1980, Elin was brought up in a happy household with a loving mother and father.
Always a beauty, the stunning blonde worked various retail jobs while pursuing an education, before scoring a modeling gig, appearing on the cover of Cafe Sport magazine in the summer of 2000. Looking smoking hot modeling various skimpy bikinis, it is shocking that her modeling career never took off.
But it was around this time that Elin met Mia Parnevik, the wife of professional golfer Jesper Parnevik, who hired her as their nanny and brought her over to the United States in 2001.
As soon as Tiger was introduced to the beautiful blonde, he was smitten, but it took about a year for her to reciprocate. The two began dating in 2002, and by 2003 Elin had a ring on her finger.
But Tiger’s cheating wasn’t the first scandal Elin encountered in the public eye. Shortly after she was linked to the golf legend, Elin experienced a nude photo scandal, when fake images of the former model were released by an Irish magazine.
Tiger and Elin wed in a hush-hush ceremony in Barbados in October 2004 in front of a star-studded crowd which included sports greats Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley.
During their years together, Elin tried to stay out of the public eye, playing wife to her hubby and having his children, daughter Sam, and son, Charlie, while he traveled the world competing.
They seemed to have it all, until the shocking news broke that Woods had spent most of their marriage engaging in sexual liaisons with other women.
Throughout the sex scandal, Elin put on a brave face and remained quiet and collected, refusing to comment on the allegations and waiting until the dust settled to file for divorce.
Now, back in school at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, Elin is getting her life back together and planning for a future – one that might include her new hunky beau Jaimie Dingham!