Lindsey Vonn knew when she and Tiger Woods made their relationship “Facebook official” that her world was never going to be the same. However, there is really no way to mentally prepare for the type of highly visible life Woods lives, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Such is the theme of Vonn’s extensive explanation of her relationship with Tiger to Bill Pennington of the New York Times.
“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.”
It’s weird? We’re not going to provide any punchlines here. Vonn is the world’s premiere downhill Zero-G Olympic skier. In truth, her sport is only featured internationally once every four years, whereas Woods is in a tournament most weekends and in the tabloids daily.
“Some people seem to forget that I’m not just Tiger’s girlfriend,” Vonn said. “I’m actually a successful athlete. I’m Lindsey. I have my own career and my own life.”
She is her own person, with her own world-class skill and passion. Just because she’s dating Tiger doesn’t mean she has immediately become some sort of golf expert.
“I don’t give him a lot of feedback about his golf game,” Vonn said. “We talk golf after his golf rounds, but mostly I listen. We really are normal in that way. Lots of people go home and talk to their wife or husband about their job. That’s what we do.”
“Wife or husband,” you say?
[H/T: For The Win]