Lindsey Vonn in Self March 2014: Tiger Woods Helped "Stay Patient Through Rehab"
She's one of the most accomplished female skiers in U.S. history, but even Lindsey Vonn can admit she has her fair share of insecurities.
In the March 2014 issue of Self magazine, the 29-year-old athlete opened up about her body issues and even revealed how she conquered her depression.
Highlights from Miss Vonn's Q&A session are as follows. For more, be sure to visit Self!
On her figure in Hollywood:
"It was hard to go to the Met ball [last May], with people who eat lettuce and a Diet Coke for dinner. It's difficult to be at events with a room full of women who weigh half as much as you do. That's always tough. I don't envy them, though, because so many of them are skinny-fat. They have more cellulite than most people. I feel like I need to give them a cheeseburger. It's sexy and beautiful to be strong."
On her depression:
"Normal again, now that I'm on medication. I have sad days, but they're and the lows aren't as low. [This past year], I've been the happiest I've ever been. A part of me is missing when I can't ski, but I've learned there's more to define me and make me happy, like stand-up paddling and Jet Skiing - things I'd never done before. Or being with people I love and just enjoying life."
On her fearless personality:
"What's the point in being afraid? I've crashed a million times. If you go around being afraid, you're never going to enjoy life. You have only one chance, so you've got to have fun. Getting divorced [last January, from her former coach, Thomas Vonn] was the scariest thing I've ever done. I'd been dating him since I was 18, and I realized I wasn't happy anymore. I wasn't sure if I was strong enough to be on my own, but I found out I am. Now I'm in charge of my whole life. It's terrifying - and exciting. It gave me a lot more self-confidence and a greater sense of self-worth."
On her relationship with Tiger Woods:
"He's helped me stay patient through rehab. Golf is all about patience - one tournament is four days long, 18 holes a day. He helped me take it one day at a time. I'd say, 'Why can't I do this? I want to!' And he'd say, 'You'll get your chance. It will come.' We're good for each other. I don't know what he's learned from me, to be honest. But we push each other and help each other when we're down."
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