If Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods are going to share an Olympic experience together, the first chance might be at golf’s debut at the 2016 Rio Games.
Woods was asked about Vonn ending her bid for Sochi at the Farmers Insurance Open on Wednesday.
He had planned on supporting Vonn’s journey toward her third Olympics, but only watched her ski competitively once in person, in Val d’Isere, France, in December, where she skied out citing her troublesome right knee. Vonn announced three weeks later she would need season-ending surgery on the knee.
“I’ve been through it, only a slightly different version,” Woods said, according to USA Today. “I’ve never had to do it twice like this, a total reconstruction of the ACL and having been shut down for such long periods of time. … I only had to shut down a couple months. … But to do it again, it’s tough.”
Woods’ legacy is often talked about, with his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus‘ record 18 majors. He’s currently at 14. On Wednesday, Woods discussed Vonn’s legacy.
“The fact that she already has a gold medal and no one can ever take it away from her,” Woods said, “whether she competes this year or competes four years from now.”
Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.
A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.
At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”
“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.
Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.
“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”
Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.
None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.