Tiger Woods tooth: Lindsey Vonn confirms incident
Lindsey Vonn has confirmed her boyfriend Tiger Woods lost a front tooth while watching her winning the 63rd World Cup ski race in Italy.
World Cup ski champion posted to her Facebook account on January 20 that she was happy Tiger Woods surprised her by coming to the race, and that she felt ”terrible that his tooth got knocked out”.
”When he was in the finish area a cameraman accidentally knocked into him and took out his front tooth,” Lindsey Vonn wrote.
”He was still in great spirits though and didn’t complain once or ask for any special assistance or security. We were both just happy to share the moment together.”
Lindsey Vonn told USA Today in a phone interview: ”I didn’t see it happen, but I guess some photographer hit him in the face with a camera and it totally knocked his tooth out.”
Tiger Woods missing a tooth created a sensation January 19 after the race.
Tiger Wood’s agent, Mark Steinberg, said in an email that during a crush of photographers at the awards podium, ”a media member with a shoulder-mounted video camera pushed and surged toward the stage, turned and hit Tiger Woods in the mouth. Woods’ tooth was knocked out by the incident”.
The golfer first showed up in the athletes’ area when Lindsey Vonn’s father, Alan Kildow, escorted him in shortly after Vonn took the lead.
Tiger Woods then surprised Lindsey Vonn and gave the skier an emotional hug.
After about 10 to 15 minutes of standing near Lindsey Vonn with her family, Tiger Woods was escorted into a white tent usually reserved for measuring skis. He stayed there for nearly an hour, while the last lower-ranked skiers came down and during the podium celebration.
After the podium celebration, Tiger Woods was escorted by police to a waiting snowmobile and taken away.
Race organizers told The Associated Press they were not aware of the incident and that Tiger Woods requested extra security and a snowmobile to exit the finish area.
Tiger Woods had been wearing a scarf with a skeleton pattern over the lower part of his face, sunglasses and a stocking cap.
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