According to TMZ.com, Tiger Woods lent injured skier Lindsey Vonn his private jet so Vonn could leave Austria after her serious crash earlier this week at the world alpine championships in Schladming, Austria.
TMZ.com posted a photograph of Vonn on crutches boarding a private plane in Austria on Friday. Vonn tore two ligaments in her right knee and fractured her shin when she crashed in the Super G event on Tuesday, and she had to be airlifted off the mountain.
In January, the Salzburg Times reignited rumors that Woods and Vonn are dating when the German-language newspaper reported that Woods stopped in Salzburg, ustria, on his way to a golf tournament in Abu Dhabi at the same time Vonn was in Salzburg for a TV interview.
Vonn’s publicist later released a statement saying Vonn would not “participate in any speculation surrounding her personal life at this time.” Last year, Vonn said that she and Woods are friends and that she knows Woods because her brother was the ski instructor for Woods’ children in Vail. Both Woods and Vonn are recently divorced.
Vonn will have surgery on her right knee next week in Colorado, and she said in a written statement that she hopes to return to competition at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next year.
“I can assure you that I will work as hard as humanly possible to be ready to represent my country next year in Sochi,” Vonn said.
Woods is not playing this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am or at next week’s Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles. His next PGA Tour appearance will be at the Accenture World Match play Championship in Tucson, Ariz., on Feb. 20.
Photo: Lindsey Vonn celebrates after taking first place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s Giant Slalom on January 26, 2013 in Maribor, Slovenia (Getty Images).
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