Lindsey Vonn: I’m not just Tiger’s girlfriend

Lindsey_300In case you’d forgotten, Lindsey Vonn is an Olympic gold medalist and one of the most accomplished athletes of her generation.

“Some people seem to forget that I’m not just Tiger’s girlfriend,” Vonn told the New York Times. “I’m actually a successful athlete. I’m Lindsey. I have my own career and my own life.”

Vonn has become a regular at golf tournaments since she and Woods announced their relationship on Facebook in March, and she has time to travel with Woods while she rehabs the right knee she injured in a scary ski crash in February. At Merion last week for the U.S. Open, Vonn talked with the Times about how her life has changed since she started dating Woods.

“I’m at a golf tournament, aren’t I?” she said with a laugh. “When was I ever at golf tournaments before? I kind of like him; can you tell?”

She said that she and Woods talk about golf and skiing, though they don’t give each other advice in their sports. But while Vonn understands what Woods goes through as an athlete, she wasn’t prepared for what he goes through as a mega celebrity.

“I can be normal by myself; no one notices me,” she said. “But wherever he’s around, we’re living in a fishbowl. I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into. It’s weird. But it’s just something I have to deal with. He has his job, and I have mine. I just have to get used to it.” Photo: Lindsey Vonn watches Tiger Woods at the U.S. Open on Friday (Getty Images).

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by Kevin Cunningham