Friday, January 18, 2013

Are Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn Dating?

(Update 3/18/2013: Tiger and Lindsey confirmed they are dating.)

The cover of this week's National Enquirer claims that Tiger Woods has offered Elin Nordegren $200 million and a no-cheat-clause in the prenup to get re-married.

Perhaps a more plausible rumor currently making the rounds is that Tiger's new girlfriend is Lindsey Vonn.

Vonn is an American downhill skier, a legend in women's skiing with multiple World Cup titles, dozens of individual race wins, and Olympic glory. She's also a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.

(Photos: instagram.com/lindseyvonn)

As the time of this writing, Woods has not addressed the rumors he is dating Vonn (probably because golf journalists are too scared to ask him). Vonn, however, has denied she and Woods are a couple - but acknowledged they are "friends."

If Woods and Vonn really are dating, it would be a little ironic given that Vonn was one of the sports celebrities who publicly mocked Woods' foibles and troubles back in 2010. After Woods' made-for-TV apology, Vonn had this to say:

In a story posted at Time.com, the double medalist is quoted as mocking disgraced golfer Tiger Woods for the carefully scripted televised statement Woods read on Friday. The story recounts how Vonn, hanging out with her entourage on Friday at the Olympics, was told about the hugs that Woods got from supporters after reaching the end of his statement.

"They're like, 'Yeah, you're awesome, you go have that sex," Vonn is quoted as saying. The story then describes Vonn imagining herself in a Saturday Night Live skit, pretending to read a solemn apology from a podium.

"There's something you don't know about me," Vonn is quoted as saying, pretending to read a solemn script. "Tiger, you're like my idol, and I too have a sex problem."

Vonn had since been through the breakup of her own marriage.

So why do some gossips think that Woods and Vonn are hooking up today? Location, location, location.

Woods and Vonn were seen together - not in any kind of compromising way, simply in one another's presence - in Vail, Colo., back in November.

The Denver Post noted in a short post on December 1 that "European media outlets have reported rumors that Lindsey Vonn is dating Tiger Woods," but Vonn denied it to the Post. Vonn said she and Tiger "are just friends," and added:

"My brother was the ski instructor for his kids this November in Vail. Guessing that’s where it came from."

But the dating rumors were given new life just last week. Woods was traveling from his home in Florida to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. But Woods made a stopover in Salzburg, Austria, arriving on Sunday and leaving on Monday.

And guess who else was in Salzburg at the same time ... right, Lindsey Vonn.

It's probably just coincidence. But if you're a celebrity gossip watcher, this Woods-Vonn rumor is one to keep an eye on.

Hmmm ... who else likes to text?

(Update 3/18/2013: Tiger and Lindsey confirmed they are dating.)

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