Vonn backs Tiger Woods' account of missing tooth

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CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) -- World Cup ski champion Lindsey Vonn is backing boyfriend Tiger Woods' account of how he lost a front tooth.

One day after winning her record 63rd World Cup race, Vonn posted to her Facebook account Tuesday that she was happy Woods surprised her by coming to the race, and that she felt "terrible that his tooth got knocked out."

"When he was in the finish area a cameraman accidentally knocked into him and took out his front tooth," Vonn wrote. "He was still in great spirits though and didn't complain once or ask for any special assistance or security. We were both just happy to share the moment together."

Vonn told USA Today in a phone interview: "I didn't see it happen, but I guess some photographer hit him in the face with a camera and it totally knocked his tooth out."

Woods missing a tooth created a sensation Monday after the race.

Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent at Excel Sports Management, said in an email that during a crush of photographers at the awards podium, "a media member with a shoulder-mounted video camera pushed and surged toward the stage, turned and hit Tiger Woods in the mouth. Woods' tooth was knocked out by the incident."

Woods first showed up in the athletes' area when Vonn's father, Alan Kildow, escorted him in shortly after Vonn took the lead. The golfer then surprised Vonn and gave the skier an emotional hug.

After about 10 to 15 minutes of standing near Vonn with her family, Woods was escorted into a white tent usually reserved for measuring skis. He stayed there for nearly an hour, while the last lower-ranked skiers came down and during the podium celebration.

After the podium celebration, Woods was escorted by police to a waiting snowmobile and taken away.

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 27: Tiger Woods waits on the practice ground before a practice round prior to the start of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on January 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods addressed the media on Tuesday as the 39-year-old prepares for his PGA Tour season debut on Thursday at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Tiger Woods walks in the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday for her record 63rd World Cup victory and celebrated with an embrace from a surprise visitor ó 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 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. (AP Photo/Armando Trovati)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 27: Tiger Woods chats with the media during a practice round prior to the start of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on January 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 27: Tiger Woods hits a shot on the practice ground before a practice round prior to the start of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on January 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods gestures as he talks to the media after playing a practice round at the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 27: Tiger Woods chats with the media during a practice round prior to the start of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on January 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 27: Tiger Woods hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on January 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 27: Tiger Woods chats with the media during a practice round prior to the start of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on January 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 27: Tiger Woods hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on January 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 27: Tiger Woods chats with the media during a practice round prior to the start of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on January 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods reacts after a chip shot on the eighth hole during a practice round prior to the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 27: Tiger Woods hits a shot on the practice ground before a practice round prior to the start of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on January 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 27: Tiger Woods walks across the practice ground prior to the start of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on January 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 27: Tiger Woods chats with the media during a practice round prior to the start of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on January 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn, left, exchange a kiss in the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday 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 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. (AP Photo/Ivan Carabini)
Tiger Woods, right, leaves the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday 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 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. (AP Photo/Elvis Piazzi)
Tiger Woods, third from left, leaves the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday 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 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. (AP Photo/Elvis Piazzi)
Tiger Woods, left, walks in the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday 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 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)
Tiger Woods, left, and Lindsey Vonn walk in the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Armando Trovati)
Tiger Woods walks in the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Armando Trovati)
Tiger Woods walks in the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Armando Trovati)
Tiger Woods walks in the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Armando Trovati)
Tiger Woods, left, wears a mask as he stands in the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, flanked by Elisabeth Goergl, foreground, and Lindsey Vonn's father Alan Kildow, right, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Dampf)
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, ITALY - JANUARY 19: Tiger Woods and Laurenne Ross of The USA in the finish area during the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Super G on January 19, 2015 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. (Photo by Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images)
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, ITALY - JANUARY 19: Tiger Woods in a ski mask visits the finish area during the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Super G on January 19, 2015 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. (Photo by Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images)
BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 25: Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods listen to the national anthem during the opening ceremony for the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club on June 25, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
In this 2013 photo provided by Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn, golfer Tiger Woods and skier Lindsey Vonn pose for a portrait. Two months after rumors began circulating in Europe, Woods and Vonn posted separate items on their Facebook pages Monday, March 18, 2013, to announce their relationship. (AP Photo/Courtesy Tiger Woods/Lindsey Vonn) MANDATORY CREDIT TO COURTESY TIGER WOODS/LINDSEY VONN
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Golfer Tiger Woods (L) and ski racer Lindsey Vonn attend Tiger Jam 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 17, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 03: Skiier Lindsey Vonn waits with Tiger Woods during the Day One Four-Ball Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 3, 2013 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 11: Skier Lindsey Vonn watches as boyfriend Tiger Woods of the United States plays the first hole during the first round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Race organizers told The Associated Press they were not aware of the incident and that Woods requested extra security and a snowmobile to exit the finish area.

"I was among those who escorted him from the tent to the snowmobile and there was no such incident," Nicola Colli, the secretary general of the race organizing committee, 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 lowered.

Steinberg, through a spokesman, said there would be nothing to add Tuesday.

Woods makes his 2015 debut next week in Phoenix.

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