Nearly a year and a half since a painful breakup, Lindsey Vonn also reveals whether she's currently dating

By Lanford Beard
Updated September 02, 2016 11:45 AM
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Since splitting from golf pro Tiger Woods in May 2015, Lindsey Vonn says she’s found a renewed sense of self.

In an exclusive sneak peek at Monday’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the Olympic gold medal-winning skier opens up about the status of her relationship with Woods and the pressure of competition.

Revealing to Grylls that she is not dating at the moment, Vonn says, “It’s nice to put the priority back on myself and just do what I need to do.”

Vonn says she and Woods, 40, are “still on good terms” nearly a year and a half after their three-year relationship ended.

“I loved him so much, and I still do,” she says, “and it just didn’t work, you know?”

The 31-year-old previously had to endure the pain of another public heartbreak when her marriage ended in 2011, but now she says the instinct to turn inward and focus on her professional life netted a surprise result.

According to Vonn, “The season after I got divorced was the best season of my career.”

And though Vonn has found her own ways to staying centered, she tells Grylls, 42, that she’s seen other athletes crumble during competition.

“It happens all the time,” she says. “When you’re under that kind of pressure at the Olympics, it does certain things to you. It took me three Olympics to figure it out … the whole world is watching you, and there’s a reason why people that are expected to win at the Olympics usually don’t. It’s just too much pressure.”

For her, the best defense has been to “totally shut myself off.”

And Vonn’s secret weapon during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, where she took home gold and bronze medals, might surprise you.

“I made a lot of banana bread,” she reveals. “I think my coaches all gained at least 10 lbs.”

Running Wild with Bear Grylls airs Mondays (10 p.m. ET) on NBC.