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CORTINA D'AMPEZZO---Lindsey Vonn
won a super-G yesterday for her record
63rd World Cup victory and celebrated
with an embrace from a surprise visitor---
boyfriend Tiger Woods.
The American broke Annemarie Moser-
Proell s 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup
wins with a flawless run down the Olympia
delle Tofane course, finishing by a huge 0.85
ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria.
Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein was third,
Wearing a mask, Woods weaved through
the crowd unnoticed until he shared an
emotional embrace with Vonn, who had no
idea that the golfer was coming.
"No way!" Vonn exclaimed when she
Vonn tied the record of 62 victories when
she won a downhill here Sunday, and cel-
ebrated with family members who rarely
attend her races, including her once-
"I didn t think this could get any better
than yesterday with my entire family here
but now with Tiger here this is unbelievable,"
said Vonn. "I said, I can t believe you came.
And he said, I told you.
"I had no idea he was here," Vonn added.
"He told everyone to keep it a secret and
I m surprised. Normally no one can keep
a secret in my family. ... He just showed
up. ... He has a tournament soon. So he s
got a lot of work and I m surprised that he
was able to come all the way over here for
a few hours to watch me ski."
Woods did not speak with reporters and
did not take part in the victory celebration,
when Vonn was joined on the podium by
teammates, coaches and family members.
In an apparent gesture to leave the stage
to Vonn, Woods watched by himself from
a small white tent protected by police, then
was quickly ushered away on a waiting
Vonn and company went on celebrating,
wearing T-shirts that said "63 victories"
and "Make History LV63."
It was a big relief for Vonn after facing
intense media pressure to match Moser-
Proell in recent weeks.
"I know it s a big achievement," Vonn
said. "But I have to focus on the skiing. I
can t let everyone else s expectations get
into my head. So that was my goal this
weekend, just trying to ski my best. And I
thought I did a really good job."
Moser-Proell, an Austrian great, estab-
lished her record between 1970 and 1980.
"Moser-Proell was skiing in the 70s and
all the young people in Austria don t know
what that record means," Fenninger said.
"For the newer generation it s very important
that Lindsey make history. ... It s time to
have a new record. She s very important for
us, because in America she s a real super-
Swedish standout Ingemar Stenmark
holds the men s record of 86 wins.
Breathing heavily and gritting her teeth
in the start house, Vonn attacked all the
way down and increased her lead at every
checkpoint to win by a large margin.
Vonn was relatively subdued in her cel-
ebration, having said that win No 62 was
more important to her.
She was the last of the favorites to come
down and flashed a big smile upon reaching
the finish before doing a slight fist pump.
"I was definitely pushing the limits the
whole way down," Vonn said. "Sometimes
I was a little bit out of control but I main-
tained the speed, especially on the bottom
of the course. I m so happy to have finished
the weekend with win No 63. My family
and Tiger is here. It s a really, really special
It was Vonn s first win in super-G this
season and her fourth overall this campaign,
showing a return to top form after two knee
injuries kept her out of last year s Sochi
Perhaps more importantly, the win
showed Vonn is dominating again just weeks
before her home world championships in
Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Vonn was on track to shatter Moser-
Proell s record two years ago before a high-
speed crash at the 2013 world championships
in Schladming, Austria, when she tore two
ligaments in her right knee. She attempted
to return for Sochi but re-injured her knee
in Val d Isere, France, in December, 2013,
requiring a second surgery.
The 30-year-old Vonn is planning to
compete through the 2018 Olympics in
Pyeongchang, South Korea.
It was Vonn s ninth career win in Cortina,
where she had her first career podium result
in 2004, putting her within one of Austrian
Renate Goetschl s record 10 wins in the
resort known as the Queen of the Dolomites.
This race was originally scheduled for
Sunday but was postponed due to heavy
snowfall over the weekend, which pushed
the program back. (AP)
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO---Tiger Woods has
another reason not to like cameras---his
agent said it cost him a tooth.
Woods made a surprise visit to Italy on
Monday to watch girlfriend Lindsey Vonn
capture her record 63rd World Cup title.
The photo that generated all the buzz was
Woods missing his front tooth.
The culprit, according to his agent, was
"During a crush of photographers as the
awards podium at the World Cup event in
Italy, a media member with a shoulder-
mounted video camera pushed and surged
toward the stage, turned and hit Tiger Woods
in the mouth," Mark Steinberg of Excel
Sports said in an email. "Woods tooth was
knocked out by the incident."
Race organizers said this was not reported
to them. They added that Woods did request
extra security and a snowmobile to exit the
finish area, and organizers met both requests.
"I was among those who escorted him
from the tent to the snowmobile and there
was no such incident," Nicola Colli, the sec-
retary general of the race organizing com-
mittee, told The Associated Press. "When
he arrived he asked for more security and
we rounded up police to look after both
him and Lindsey."
Woods had been wearing a scarf with a
skeleton pattern over the lower part of his
face, sunglasses and a stocking cap. The
photo was taken when the scarf was low-
Steinberg was traveling and did not say
when Woods would have the tooth replaced.
Golf s biggest---and most photographed---
star returns to competition next week in
the Phoenix Open, and his smile is sure to
produce a stream of shutters from the cam-
Woods has a long history with cameras,
often frustrated when shutters go off in the
middle of his swing. One notable episode
came during the Skins Game in 2002 when
a corporate photographer clicked his camera
as Woods was hitting a shot from the bunker
on the final hole. His former caddie, Steve
Williams, took the camera and set it on a
steep bank of a pond so that it tumbled into
the water. (AP)
Chilean golfer fulfills
Masters dream with
Matias Dominguez was like most kids who
fall in love with golf and dream of one day playing
in the Masters.
Not many others faced such long odds. For
starters, Dominguez grew up in Santiago, Chile,
a country where golf is an afterthought and only
one Chilean had ever competed at Augusta Nation-
al. That was Enrique Orellana, who missed the
cut 51 years ago.
Until recently, Dominguez, 22, wasn t even sure
he wanted to golf for a living. He is a senior at
Texas Tech, not exactly a golf powerhouse, and
Dominguez is fourth in scoring average for the
Red Raiders after four tournaments in the fall.
One chance was all he needed---the Latin Amer-
ican Amateur Championship. One week of great
golf left him close to tears.
With a spot in the Masters riding on the out-
come, Dominguez closed with a 1-under 71 Sunday
at Pilar Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina,
winning the inaugural event and earning the right
to be among Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and his
golfing idol, Phil Mickelson, at Augusta in April.
"I always told to myself, I hope one day I can
get to the Masters, " Dominguez said in a con-
ference call after his victory. "Hopefully, I can just
share that moment with all my friends and my
family, because we all grew up with that same
dream. ... I just can t believe right now that dream
just became true."
That was the idea behind the Latin American
Amateur, which was patterned after the Asia-
Augusta National, the Royal & Ancient Golf
Club and the US Golf Association founded the
tournament with hopes it would inspire an entire
region---South and Central America and the
Caribbean. It comes with perks such as a spot in
the Masters, the final stage of qualifying for the
British Open and US Open and a berth in the US
Amateur and British Amateur.
Without the Latin American Amateur, the only
way for someone like Dominguez to play in the
Masters would be as a top professional or to win
an established amateur event open to the best in
"Right before they announced this tournament,
it seemed almost impossible for a Latin American
to get there," Dominguez said. "And then here I
am today. Just saying, I m going to the Masters
and play with everyone there, it s just shocking."
Who could have imagined the road from San-
tiago to Magnolia Lane would lead through Lub-
Dominguez is in his final semester at Texas
Tech, where his greatest achievement was leading
them to a spot in the NCAA Championship as a
sophomore. He is starting to branch out with aca-
demics and figure out where golf fits into the
Asked for similarities between Santiago and
the open spaces of West Texas, Dominguez broke
out into laughter. (AP)
Vonn gets record, surprise
visit from Woods
Agent: Woods' front tooth knocked out by videographer
Lindsey Vonn celebrates on the podium
after winning an alpine ski, women's World
Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy,
yesterday. The American broke Annemarie
Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62
World Cup wins with a flawless run down
the Olympia delle Tofane course, finishing
0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria.
Tiger Woods walks in the finish area of an
alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, yesterday. Lindsey
Vonn won a super-G yesterday for her
record 63rd World Cup victory and
celebrated with an embrace from a surprise
visitor boyfriend Tiger Woods. AP PHOTO
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