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– Unconventional ice-breaker at a recent holiday party courtesy a man eager to share what he’s learned from Assholes Finish First.

L.V. hearts T.T?
Was Lindsey Vonn’s recent “tebowing” on the podium at Beaver Creek more than a jokey rendition of the latest fad?

The Internet and print media world is abuzz with racy rumors that the recently single Vonn and Denver Bronco quarterback we either love or hate may be getting hot and heavy. Seems the three-time World Cup champ was spotted hob-nobbing with the Tebow family in its luxury box at last Sunday’s Broncos game.

But Vonn, who recently split from husband/manager, Thomas, tried to cool the flames in her “celebrity” ski column in Monday’s Denver Post, claiming she and Tebow are just workout-buddies-turned-good-chums.

“I met Tim and his brother Pete at the ESPY Awards like three or four years ago in the gym — we were working out there,” she wrote. “Tim presented me with my ESPY award this year, and we kind of chatted. I said, ‘If you want to come up to Vail and ski, let me know.’ ... Then we ended up being able to race at Beaver Creek, so he came up for that last Wednesday.”

Vonn went on to say she has met the whole Tebow family, whom she describes as “great people.”

“It’s pretty awesome to be able to hang out with them — and to be able to witness the amazing things Tim and the Broncos can do. I really get inspired by other athletes. I like to believe that the impossible is possible, and people like that make you believe.”

Vonn went on to Twitter this week that “... rest assured, I am not dating Tim Tebow.”

Whether we believe the “just ski buddies” excuse or not, we are pretty certain any dates on the slopes will have to wait until Tebow’s contract expires.

Vonn voyage
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