When Lindsey Vonn zoomed across the finish line and into the record books on Monday, she had a surprise visitor there to watch her make history.
The champion skier's boyfriend, Tiger Woods, flew to Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy, to surprise Vonn after she broke a 35-year-old record with the 63rd World Cup win of her career, the most by any female in history, as her parents and other family members cheered her on.
"I didn't know he was here at the finish until I actually was done with my race and my dad said, 'Hey look, I found someone,''' Vonn told TODAY on Monday. "It was incredible. I had hoped that he would come, but he's in training. He's got a tournament coming up. I would never have expected him to show up, but it meant a lot to me. He's a catch. He's a good boyfriend."
One day after tying the record with her 62nd win, Vonn won the Super-G race on Monday, highlighting her comeback from two separate knee injuries that prevented her from skiing in the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.
"The last two years have been really hard,'' she said. "I fought so hard to come back for Sochi and then to have blown out my knee right before the Games again was heartbreaking, but I never gave up. I kept believing in myself, and I'm surprised at with how quickly things have kind of come around. I've gotten back on the podium and on the top step pretty quickly.
"I think that's just all my hard work paying off finally. I'm in a really happy place. It's hard to explain. It's a dream come true."