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Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn confirm relationship

  • The 14-time major golf champion Tiger Woods and ski star Lindsey Vonn confirmed on Monday that they are in a relationship.

    "I guess it wasn't a well-kept secret but yes, I am dating Tiger Woods," Vonn said on Twitter and a longer statement on her Facebook page that included pictures of the couple.

    "Our relationship evolved from a friendship into something more over these past few months and it has made me very happy. I don't plan on addressing this further as I would like to keep that part of my life between us, my family and close friends. Thank you for understanding and your continued support! xo LV"

    Woods, whose infamous sex scandal with multiple mistresses led to a 2010 divorce, also posted a tweet, saying: "Just posted some pictures of @Lindseyvonn and me on Facebook". He also wrote a statement about his relationship with Vonn on his Facebook page.

    "This season has been great so far and I'm happy with my wins at Torrey and Doral. Something nice that's happened off the course was meeting Lindsey Vonn. Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating,” Woods wrote.

    "We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes."

    Woods dominated golf until 2009 when his marital infidelity was revealed, resulting in a televised public apology and a break from the sport that cost him several lucrative endorsement deals.

    Woods divorced Elin Nordegren the following year. The couple have a daughter, five-year-old Sam Alexis, and a four-year-old son, Charlie.

    Vonn has also seen her share of problems both on and off the piste with injury and illness, revelations of battling depression and her divorce with Thomas Vonn.

    The 28-year-old's season came to an early end after she tore her right knee ligaments at the World Ski Championships in Austria last month and underwent surgery to repair the damage.

    She has stated she plans to be defend her Olympic downhill title at next year’s Sochi Winter Olympics.

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