Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn usually finds herself speeding down various hills, often times at ridiculously high speeds, but since she’s suffered a recent knee injury it’s been an uphill battle for the 29-year old, both physically and emotionally.
As far as getting herself back to winning shape physically, Vonn has been undergoing the necessary amount rehab, and hopefully she’ll be ready for the 2018 winter games, but emotionally, she’s counted on her boyfriend Tiger Woods to assist her.
“He’s helped me stay patient through rehab,” she said in an interview with SELF magazine. “Golf is all about patience. One tournament is four days long, 18 holes a day. He helped me take it one day at a time. I’d say, ‘Why can’t I do this? I want to.’ And he’d say, ‘You’ll get your chance. It will come.’ We’re good for each other. I don’t know what he’s learned from me, to be honest. But we push each other and help each other when we’re down.”
And Vonn says, she hasn’t been down as much this year, because of Woods and the medication she’s on. “I have sad days, but they’re rare and the lows aren’t as low,” she said. “[Recently] I’ve been the happiest I’ve ever been. A part of me is missing when I can’t ski, but I’ve learned there’s more to define me and make me happy, like stand-up paddling and jet skiing, things I’ve never done before.”
In addition, Vonn says she sometimes struggles with body image, especially when she has to go to a red carpet event or be in a room with a bunch of models and actors, but she much rather be the size and weight she is now, she says.
“It’s difficult to be at events with a room full of women who weigh half as much as you do,” admitted Vonn. “That’s always tough. I don’t envy them, though, because so many of them are skinny-fat. They have more cellulite than most people. I feel like I need to give them a cheeseburger. It’s sexy and beautiful to be strong.”
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