Tiger Woods pursuing the Kobe, Federer, Vonn history wagons

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 19, 2009 1:38 pm

Tiger Woods trails in the 2009 US Open after completing his first round with a 4-over-par 74 at Bethpage Black. However, there are three rounds left and one has to wonder what Tiger’s got in the bag. Pursuing his 15th major title, second only to Jack Nicklaus’ 18 majors, brings to light other notable sports achievements in 2009. It has been a banner year for the best athletes in their respective sports so far; Roger Federer in tennis, Lindsey Vonn in skiing, and Kobe Bryant for basketball. Here’s a recap in chronological order.

March 14, 2009 – Lindsey Vonn captures her second consecutive overall World Cup title in Are, Sweden while repeating as the downhill champion and capturing the Super G crown as well. She also surpassed Tamara Mckinney’s American record of 18 career World Cup victories earlier in February.

June 7, 2009 – Roger Federer finally captures his first French Open title while tying Pete Sampras’ record of 14 grand slams. He also becomes only the sixth player to have a career grand slam.

June 14, 2009 – Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers win the NBA championship earning Kobe a fourth ring, the Lakers franchise its 15th NBA title, and Phil Jackson’s 10th ring breaking the tie with Red Auerbach.

June 21, 2009 – Tiger Woods…what piece of history will he pull out of the bag? He needs to get number 15 on the way to 18.

It’s been an exciting year in sports so far and we should appreciate all the history and greatness that is unfolding. There is more to come with Wimbledon, US Open Tennis, British Open, PGA, World Series, and through next year with the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Can you say REPEAT for any of these athletes?

Stay tuned.