It’s funny how things change. And quickly Back in 2010, Time Magazine asked Lindsey Vonn about the Tiger Woods scandal that rocked the sporting world in 2009. At the time Vonn was married to her ski coach and spoke candidly to the magazine about the scandal and openly mocked Tiger for his “apology”.
Fast forward to 2013 and now the two are dating and taking Glamour shots. So it’s only right that we take a moment to reminisce about how Vonn felt about Tiger and his staged apology.
And like millions of Americans, Vonn can’t help poking fun at Woods’ staged event. When a member of her Vonn-tourage tells her that Woods gave a few friends hugs after ending his statement, she cracks, “They’re like, ‘Yeah, you’re awesome, you go have that sex.’ ” The room breaks into a laugh. Then she describes a skit she would want to perform if asked to host Saturday Night Live: picture Vonn at Woods’ podium, blue backdrop and all. “There’s something you don’t know about me,” Vonn says in a faux solemn, apologetic voice. “Tiger, you’re like my idol, and I too have a sex problem.” More laughter. “That would be freaking funny.”
But it wasn’t all just jokes. Vonn also seriously considered Tiger’s “issues”, which she undoubtedly found herself doing again when deciding to date him.
When asked how she will deal with sports celebrity in the post-Woods world, in which the tabloids, websites and televisions cameras can threaten even a pristine reputation, Vonn seems nonplussed. “Well, I’m married” — to her ski coach, Thomas Vonn, since 2007 — “so I don’t have that problem,” she says. “But, um, I guess [Woods] is married too.” Then she turns serious. “I mean, I guess if you have secrets, you have an issue. I’ve kind of been open about everything.”
Of course, things change and people do too. But I’ve got a hunch that Vonn never thought that she would be dating, let alone take Glamour shots with Tiger on the day she gave this interview.