Tiger Woods returns to competitive golf this week for the first time since the PGA Championship, and if he can make a full recovery from his back issues, then he’ll have to thank girlfriend Lindsey Vonn.
In an interview with CNN, Vonn said that she and Woods have inspired each other as they both rehab from serious injuries. Vonn, an Olympic gold medal winner and four-time World Cup champion, missed the 2013 Winter Olympics due to a knee injury, while Woods missed much of the 2014 season after back surgery.
“Tiger and I both went through rehab with our injuries at a similar time, so we were both in the gym together and pushing each other and motivating each other, both frustrated.”
“I think we both helped each other a lot through that time, and I drew a lot of inspiration from him and I think he does the same with me.
“We continue to push each other and it’s a really positive relationship in that way.”
Vonn and Woods announced they were dating in March 2013. Although Vonn has expressed some frustration in the past about being overshadowed by Woods, she told CNN that she and Woods accept the media attention that comes with athletic acclaim.
“We both understand that and take it in our stride.”
Vonn has her own comeback this week as well — she’s expected to ski at a World Cup downhill event in Alberta on Dec. 5.
This story was originally published on Nov. 30, 2014.