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Tiger Woods chats with his then- girlfriend Lindsey Vonn during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

In retrospect

Lindsey Vonn speaks candidly about breakup with Tiger Woods

November 18, 2015

“I don’t regret anything. I loved Tiger, and I had an amazing three years with him,” skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn told The New York Times in a candid and wide-ranging new interview. Vonn famously dated Woods for three years, and the two made for one of the tabloids’ favorite celebrity couples until they broke up earlier this year. However, for Vonn, the relationship was only the second serious relationship of her life. Prior to meeting Woods, she’d been married for four years to Thomas Vonn. “Thomas was really my first boyfriend, so I didn’t have a lot of dating experience,” she recalled. “So jumping into a relationship right away after getting a divorce was probably not the smartest move on my part.”

But jump in she did, and the rest was history. In 2011, her marriage dissolved and shortly thereafter, Vonn, one of the most dominant figures in her sport, met Woods, one of the most dominant figures in his sport. Woods, similarly, had emerged from a divorce — though his was much more bitter and played out in the public eye in the form of a scandal that exposed him as a serial philanderer. Referring back to her three years with Woods, Vonn acknowledged that the time-period was, in retrospect, a period of personal growth. “But it was a learning experience as well,” she said. “With every relationship, you learn what you need and what you want in a partner.” The 31-year-old, who’s won a record 67 World Cup races during her illustrious, career talked about how her family urged her to retire after her second knee surgery and the upcoming beginning of her season.

Read the full story at The New York Times.