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Lindsey Vonn: I’m not dating Tim Tebow!

Lindsey Vonn: I'm not dating Tim Tebow!

Lindsey Vonn will not be the woman to usher Tim Tebow into manhood. Weeks after filing for divorce from husband of four years Thomas, the Olympic skier, 27, is slamming rumors that she’s secretly dating another headline-making athlete: pious Denver Broncos quarterback Tebow, 24, who famously said he’s “saving himself for marriage.”

The gold medalist was spotted sitting in the Tebow family box at Sunday’s Broncos match against the Chicago Bears, and Tebow and Vonn have also been seeing hanging out together at the ESPYs and at ski races. (She’s also been photographed “Tebowing,” or assuming the star athlete’s prayer-ful pre-game pose.

“Lindsey is just friends with the Tebow family. Anyone who is trying to suggest any more to their relationship is wrong,” Vonn’s rep told.

Added Vonn herself on Twitter: “Hearing a lot of crazy rumors but rest assured I am not dating Tim Tebow (or anyone else).”

“This is an extremely difficult time in my personal life and I hope the media and my fans can respect my need for privacy on this matter,” Lindsey said in a Nov. 28 statement regarding her divorce from Thomas, who served as her adviser and scheduler. “[I will] continue to be coached by the U.S. ski team and look forward to competing the rest of the season.”

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Lindsey Vonn’s ‘Basic Instinct’ cover

Lindsey Vonn on magazine cover dressed as Sharon Stone

The skier recreates one of Sharon Stone’s most famous characters for a magazine shoot.

Last week on Fourth-Place Medal, we mentioned that Vancouver Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn would be appearing on the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s film issue dressed as Sharon Stone from “Basic Instinct.” This weekend, we caught our first glimpse of the cover. As far as re-creations go, this one is about as accurate as can be.

Lindsey Vonn tried her hand at acting earlier this year when she appeared as a desk clerk during the final episode of “Law and Order.” The two-time Olympic medalist had lobbied for a role on the program (her favorite) and creator Dick Wolf was happy to oblige.

After a seven-month break from competitive skiing, Vonn returned to the slopes late last month for her 2010-11 season debut in Austria, where she finished a distant 18th in the giant slalom. This weekend she’ll appear in her hometown of Vail at the first North American World Cup meet of the season.

Lindsey Vonn on magazine cover dressed as Sharon Stone

The three-time defending World Cup champion was one of a number of athletes to help ESPN act out scenes from classic movies, some of which had no relation to sports. Three players on the Cincinnati Bengals reenacted a scene from “The Hangover,” Olympic hockey hero Ryan Miller joined teammates in a “Caddyshack” photo and NBA star Baron Davis joined skateboarder Terry Kennedy to be Marty McFly and Doc Brown from “Back to the Future.”

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Lindsey Vonn begins divorce proceedings with her husband

Lindsey Vonn begins divorce proceedings with her husband

The gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn reveals she’s splitting from her husband of four years.

Lindsey Vonn, an Olympic gold medalist and one of the top American skiers of all time, confirmed Sunday night that she has started divorce proceedings with her husband and chief adviser, Thomas Vonn.

The couple grew to fame at last year’s Vancouver Olympics, when Vonn won a gold medal and excitedly embraced her husband at the bottom of the slope. He has been at her side through her three World Cup titles, often wearing a radio to communicate with his wife at the top of the hill.

They married September 29, 2007. Lindsey’s relationship with Thomas caused a rift with her father, due to the nine-year age difference between the couple and because Thomas replaced her dad as a coach and mentor. Alan Kildow wasn’t invited to his daughter’s wedding and the two remain estranged.

“This is an extremely difficult time in my personal life and I hope the media and my fans can respect my need for privacy on this matter,” Vonn wrote in a statement.

In defense of a media that almost certainly won’t respect Vonn’s need for privacy on this matter, Lindsey and Thomas made their relationship a story at every opportunity. They posed for cute pictures, she gave countless interviews about his influence, he mugged for television time so much that his friends called him by his initials “TV.”

The couple embraced the fact that he was a sort of Svengali figure in her life and played it up for the press. The ending of a marriage is nothing to take lightly. But when you invite the spotlight during the good times, you have to put up with its glare during the rough ones.

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