Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn need five and four major wins, respectively, to break historic records in their sports of choices. But with Vonn, who just Sunday night joined her significant other in Denver’s Mile High club for the Chiefs-Broncos NFL tilt, having her knee examined by a doctor Tuesday after a skiing accident at Colorado’s Copper Mountain, golf’s No. 1 may be chasing milestones on his own for the foreseeable future.
It was unclear whether Vonn, who was undergoing evaluation after leaving the slope following a crash that occurred as she trained for her first race since a major knee procedure, had re-injured her surgically repaired right knee. Vonn reportedly went to see the orthopedic surgeon who operated on her in February.
"We have no reason to believe it's anything significant right now," U.S. Ski Team spokesperson Tom Kelly said Tuesday, according to multiple accounts of the incident that Skiracing.com first reported.
Vonn, who tore her ACL and MCL in an accident at the world championships in February, believed she was on pace for an early return to competition. She said during a press conference earlier this month to promote the World Cup race season, that, while she and Woods had records in their respective sports in sight, the two never talked about them.
"We’re both chasing something ... I honestly can’t speak for him and what his focus is," Vonn said. "It would be great if we would both break the record, that would be pretty significant ... One of those unspoken things."
Woods, of course, has been four major titles shy of Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 for five-plus years. Vonn would break Annemarie Moser-Proell’s mark of 62 World Cup race triumphs with four more of her own.
Vonn said during her presser that Woods, who announced in March that the two were dating, was sympathetic to her recovery from surgery earlier this year.
"He helped me through it, and was very supportive," Vonn said. "Someone that I could always lean on. That helped me significantly in my return to snow."