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Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn & More Sports Power Couples (PHOTOS)

Tiger Woods is now dating ski champ Lindsey Vonn. See more athletes who cross sports in their love lives.

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Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn

If anyone can face the mountain of reasons not to date Tiger Woods, it’s Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn. The 37-year-old golfer—who divorced his wife, Elin, in 2010 after admitting to innumerable infidelities—confirmed this week that he and the 28-year-old Vonn were officially a couple. “We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple to compete as athletes,” Woods said (very publicly) on his Facebook page, which included professional photographs of the pair. But at least Vonn knows what she’s getting. Back in 2010, she was asked about Woods’s sex scandal and replied, “Well, I’m married so I don’t have that problem. But, um, I guess he is married too.”

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Hope Solo and Jerramy Stevens

A few months after the U.S. women’s soccer team won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, goalkeeper Hope Solo shattered her male fans’ dreams when she suddenly and privately married former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens. But the union got off to an awkward beginning—a day before their wedding, police were called to their home and arrested Stevens for a domestic altercation. (He was eventually released and not charged.) Several weeks later, Solo addressed her relationship, admitting, “I’m happy. I’m happily married. I would never stand for domestic violence. I’ve never been hit in my life.”

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Misty May-Treanor and Matt Treanor

One is known for her spikes, the other catches strikes. In 2003, Olympic beach volleyball champion Misty May began dating Major League catcher Matt Treanor. The two were married the next year and have juggled both athletic careers ever since. Unfortunately, Matt’s baseball schedule prevented him from watching Misty’s final beach volleyball game at the 2012 Olympics—where she and longtime partner Kerri Walsh Jennings were competing for a gold medal. “I never thought I’d be dating that type of an athlete,” he admitted last year, “let alone somebody going for an Olympic medal.”

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Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki

What do you get when the No. 1 golfer in the world begins dating the No. 1 tennis player in the world? An adorable love affair that may not be good for either athlete’s career. In the summer of 2011, 23-year-old Rory McIlroy and 22-year-old Caroline Wozniacki started a very public relationship, which included making out in front of the Yale football team and tweeting goofy photos. But then Wozniacki lost her top ranking (she’s now 10th in the world) and McIlroy’s golf game suffered as well. The athletic slump has naturally caused speculation that the couple is on the verge of splitting up. But McIlroy claims it’s all par for the course. “I’ve read what’s been written,” he said earlier this month. “Just because I have a bad day on the golf course and Caroline loses a match in Malaysia, it doesn’t mean that we’re breaking up. It’s sport.”

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A.J. Feeley and Heather Mitts

A.J. Feeley calls it “football,” but it’s “soccer” to Heather Mitts—and in this case, they’re talking about two different sports. The couple, who began dating in 2002, briefly overlapped careers in Philadelphia—he was the quarterback of the Eagles and she was playing professional soccer for the Charge—and posed together in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2005. They were married in 2010 and may soon be spending more time together—Mitts retired earlier this month and Feeley is currently a free agent, professionally speaking.

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Alexander Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko

Alexander Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko were both born in Moscow, but the Washington Capitals star didn’t meet the Russian tennis sensation until the 2011 U.S. Open in New York—and it was love. The couple got engaged last year, and Ovechkin credits Kirilenko with helping him tame his wild ways. “One hundred percent, I’m settled down. It’s no question,” he admitted earlier this year. “Sometimes I go home and if I was in a bad mood, when I see her I just forget.”

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Laila Ali and Curtis Conway

It probably takes a tough man to be married to boxing champ Laila Ali, so it’s a good thing she wed former NFL wide receiver Curtis Conway. The couple married in 2007 and have two children together, and Conway thinks that being with the Greatest’s daughter is, well, the greatest. “People think she dominates the relationship,” he told People magazine, “but she’s a sweetie pie.”

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Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece

Over the course of their sports careers, Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece have both done their best work at the beach—she on land (as a beach volleyball player) and he on the water (as a champion surfer). The two were married in 1997, and on their 15th wedding anniversary Reece wrote about the secrets to their relationship on her website: “We have had mostly good times, and have certainly weathered a few tough ones. What did a wise person tell me once about a relationship: ‘short memory and a lot of forgiveness.’ Forgiveness or just the ability to move on and get over it. We all have our own unique ways of making it work, and I think that’s important. No one can tell another what they should or shouldn’t do in their relationship. I do believe the importance of a good foundation is critical in any strong structure (love, respect, honesty, passion, kindness, unselfishness, a sense of humor, spiritual harmony and some others). How a couple choose to get there is their own adventure.”

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Brady Quinn and Alicia Sacramone

When the Olympic gymnast first met NFL quarterback Brady Quinn, she had no idea who he was. “He told me, ‘I’m Brady, and I watched you at the Olympics and wanted to say that I really appreciated what you did’ and yada yada,” Sacramone told NBC News in 2009. “I went home and asked my dad if he knew who Brady Quinn was, and he said, ‘Alicia, he’s on my fantasy football team.’” Her father’s fantasy soon became Alicia’s reality—the couple have been together ever since. And in 2011, Sacramone tweeted her love for the QB. “Best boyfriend award goes to @BQ9 for taking the red eye from Denver to be here for my surgery today. Just another reason why I love him.”

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Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm

In soccer, fans gush over players’ WAGS (wives and girlfriends). But former major league shortstop Nomar Garciaparra became a high-profile HAB (husband and boyfriend) when he married soccer star Mia Hamm in 2003. The two met when Hamm defeated Garciaparra in a penalty shootout at a charity event in Boston, and today they have three children, including twins. “They sleep in different rooms right now,” Hamm explained to People magazine about their parenting technique in 2008. “So I have the monitor for one and he has one for the other. When my monitor goes off, I go. When his goes off, he goes.” In other words, teamwork.