Feb
8
2013
Air Tiger swoops in to rescue injured Vonn
By Stephanie Wei under Gossip

Photo via TMZ

According to TMZ, Tiger Woods spared his private jet to pick up Olympic champion skier Lindsey Vonn from Austria after her terrifying crash on the slopes Tuesday that caused season-ending injuries. The gossip site posted the above photo of a blonde woman using crutches boarding a plane that appears to be Woods’ plane.

In TMZ’s live video segment earlier today, they showed pictures of Vonn getting on the jet that included the tail number — which, not-so-shockingly, is identical to Tiger’s

Tiger and Vonn are reportedly an item.

Woods, naturally, has refused comment, while in December, Vonn has insisted they are just friends. Well, they must be super good pals if Tiger is lending her his own plane! (And as we know, Woods isn’t exactly known for his generosity…) More recently, Vonn was reportedly “giggly” when asked if Tiger was coming to watch her compete, and saying, “Oh, my god! I don’t know, you should ask him.”

Rumors about the pair were ignited when Tiger and Lindsey were both in Vail at the same time in November. Then, last month the Salzburg Times reported that Tiger made an overnight stop in Salzburg, Austria, landing on Sunday and leaving on Monday, the week he played the Abu Dhabi Championship. Vonn was in the same city for a TV interview at the same time.

Coincidence? Perhaps. But why else would Tiger go to Salzburg for a day (or less)? Perhaps he had business there — the personal kind.

Vonn was injured while competing at the Alpine World Championships in Schladmin. She was racing in the super-G when she took an alarming tumble, where she tore two ligaments in her right knee and broke a bone in her lower leg. She will need reconstructive surgery and the team announced she will not return for the remainder of the season, but expects her to be fit to race in the 2013-14 World Cup season, which starts in October, and the 2014 Olympics.

Well, on the bright side, Tiger is familiar with knee injuries and can support and console her while she recovers — that is, if they are actually dating. (Wink, wink.)

(Photo via TMZ)