Before she was cuddling up to new boyfriend Tiger Woods, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn joined in with the chorus of laughs and punchlines at the golfer’s expense after his serial-cheating ways made international news in late-2009.
“They’re like, ‘Yeah, you’re awesome, you go have that sex,” the two-time Olympic medalist joked before brainstorming how she’d do a Saturday Night Live bit revolving around the golfer and his crowded harem.
She said she would have deadpanned, “There’s something you don’t know about me, Tiger: You’re like my idol, and I too have a sex problem.”
At the time, Vonn said that despite her athletic achievements, she enjoyed a life of reasonable anonymity (which has been the first thing to go since she hooked up with the 37-year-old sports icon).
“I don’t know, I think I blend in pretty well,” she said in 2010. “If I put on a baseball cap, no one would really recognize me.”
Tiger and Vonn met last April and began dating in November; her divorce with skier Thomas Vonn was finalized in January after their November 2011 break-up.
“I guess it wasn’t a well-kept secret but yes, I am dating Tiger Woods,” Vonn wrote on her Facebook page. “Our relationship evolved from a friendship into something more over these past few months and it has made me very happy. I don’t plan on addressing this further as I would like to keep that part of my life between us, my family and close friends.”
Woods took to his website, writing “Something nice that’s happened off the course was meeting Lindsey Vonn. Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating. We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy.
“We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes.”