Top 10 Reasons Why Lindsey Vonn is the Tiger Woods of Skiing

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on June 19, 2009 10:51 am

Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods.  Today, both are the dominant figures of their respected sports.  Woods has a whopping 14 major championships and 67 PGA tour wins.  Vonn just won her second consecutive World Cup overall title and she has 22 World Cup wins on her resume.  At first glance, the 14 and 67 of Woods seems to pale that of Vonn’s 2 and 22, but as with all cases of apples and oranges, it’s necessary to dig deeper to justify the comparison.

Top 10 Reasons Why Lindsey Vonn is the Tiger Woods of Skiing.

10. TV commercials.  Both are Madison Ave darlings.  Tiger Woods bouncing balls off his golf club is memorable.  But, can you bounce a golf ball on a club like Woods?  Lindsey Vonn’s most recent campaign is for Alka-Seltzer.  Anyone can take Alka-Seltzer.

9. ACL injury.  Here Vonn comes out on top.  She has not obliterated her ACL, only a low-level sprain of her right knee ACL in a training crash before a slalom in Are, Sweden.  Woods is still recovering from his ACL injury.

8. Press relationship.  Vonn is always super candid and real in interviews.  Her personality shines through.  Woods gives bland, Bill Belichick type answers.

7.  Equipment. 
Lindsey Vonn skis on Rossignol skies.  Founded in 1907, Rossignol has been at the top of the ski game for over a hundred years.  Woods has Nike Golf, a brand that came along because of Woods.

6. Pets.  Lindsey has a cow named Sunny, a prize for winning in Val D’Isere.  Sunny has had babies, and now Vonn owns three cows.  Tiger once owned a dog named Cub, but couldn’t take care of it.

5.  Significant other.  Everyone has seen the photos of Elin Nordegren, Tiger Wood’s wife and ex-model.  But, Lindsey’s husband Thomas was a competitor on the World Cup.  Skiing will always beat posing.

4.  Hair.  Vonn has beautiful hair.  Shampoo commercial worthy.  Tiger has one of those spots that could use some of that spray on hair.

3.  Spectator interactions.  Vonn is always accessible and kind, greeting fans with smiles and genuine kindness.  She’ll pose for pictures spreading love to all fans.  Woods will curse you silly for taking his photo on his back swing.

2.  Danger factor.  Lindsey flys down mountains at speeds reaching 60-miles-an-hour.  Carts are not allowed on the PGA tour, thus Woods walks, reaching speeds of 6-miles-an-hour.

1.  Interviews for The Ski Channel.  Vonn has done two in the past year alone, while Woods, well, Tiger Woods admits his wife, a Swede, is a much better skier.

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