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Lindsey Vonn To Cover Sochi Olympics As NBC Correspondent; Will Tiger Woods Join Her?

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Lindsey Vonn will be involved with the Sochi Olympics after all: although she was forced to withdraw due to her knee injury, she will cover the games as a correspondent for NBC and “Today.”

NBC’s announcement read: “In her new role, Vonn will report daily from the U.S. for TODAY, and she will contribute to NBC Sports Olympic coverage. As the Games unfold, Vonn will share her unique perspective on the events and the competition from an Olympian’s point of view.”

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"It's going to be so hard,'' Vonn told Matt Lauer on TODAY Tuesday in her first interview since announcing she pulled out of competition.

"It's already hard enough. You guys run commercials about Sochi about every two minutes, and it's killing me. I'm trying not to watch as much as much as I can. It's going to be really, really hard to watch the Alpine events. I always love watching the other athletes compete like in figure skating, luge and all that stuff, but it's going to be really hard to watch the Alpine events.

"I'll tell you what I'm not looking forward to is waking up this early,'' Vonn joked. "I've never done something like this before, and I'm looking forward to this new challenge."

All Vonn’s reporting will be done from the US, so it seems unlikely that Tiger Woods will join her in the studio. Woods was planning to join Vonn in Sochi to watch her compete but now has an unexpected open period in his schedule.

“I'm going to put my clubs away for a while to spend more time with my kids and support my girlfriend Lindsey Vonn as she tries to prepare for the Sochi Olympics,” Woods announced in a Facebook post in December.

“Having experienced reconstructive surgery on my knee and the ensuing rehab, and the amount of pain associated with it, it's really hard to explain to anybody unless you've been through it. And then coming back on it athletically, to trust that it's going to be there, that's a whole different ballgame. I've had my share of experiences in that regard -- unfortunately -- but I think it helps her in a sense because she can bounce ideas off me about what to expect. It is a frustrating process and really difficult to go through."

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Reporter's Photo Jan 28, 2014 12:11 PM EST

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