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Swedish model Elin Nordegren, fiancee of American golfer Tiger Woods, touring the USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the Arabian Gulf.

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Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren, born January 1, 1980 is notable as the wife of golfer Tiger Woods. She has been the subject of intense international media scrutiny after a traffic accident involving her husband, in which she reportedly used a golf club to smash a car window to rescue him.[1] In the ensuing weeks, there were allegations that other women had been having affairs with the golfer. The marital infidelity led to speculation about a possible divorce[2] leading to media stories speculating about the results of a possible divorce,[3] but there were reports in January 2010 that the couple was staying together.[4] Nordegren is a former Scandinavian model[4] and has been spotted in malls in Florida carrying around her two-year old daughter.[5] There was speculation that quarreling between Nordegren and Woods had been intense at times.[6] She has been photographed in public with her two children.[7] Woods announced he would take an "indefinite break" from golf to work on his marriage.

According to the New York Daily News which quoted Gerald Posner of The Daily Beast Web Site, Nordegren became suspicious that her husband was having relations with other women.[8] She used her husband's cell phone to text a message to her rival, Rachel Uchitel, pretending to be Tiger Woods; the message said "I miss you" and asked "When are we seeing each other again?"[8] Uchitel texted back, which confirmed Nordegren's suspicions.[8] According to the source, Nordegren was so angry that she chased Woods out of their Florida mansion, brandishing a golf club, and this apparently led up to the incident in which Woods crashed their SUV.[8] Not only the vehicle damaged, but Woods' image as a "family man" changed into the image of a "philandering husband" and "serial cheater with a harem of hotties," according to the source.[8]

Nordegren was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to radio journalist Thomas Nordegren and politician Barbro Holmberg.[9][9] She has an older brother, Axel, and a twin sister, Josefin.[10] [11] She began modeling in 2000 and appeared on the cover of Cafe Sport magazine in 2000. She took a job as a nanny to Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik and moved to the United States.[12] She met Tiger Woods at the British Open in 2001.[13][14] In November 2003, Woods and Nordegren attended the Presidents Cup tournament in South Africa and became officially engaged when Woods proposed at the luxury Shamwari Game Reserve. They married in October 2004 by the 19th hole of the Sandy Lane resort in Barbados and guests included Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Bill Gates. Woods rented the entire complex for a week, including three golf courses and 110 rooms, for $2 million.[15] Nude photographs purporting to be of Nordegren began circulating on the Internet but they were established to be fakes.[16][17] Despite the debunking, in 2006, the Irish magazine The Dubliner published the nude photographs and stated they were of Nordegren.[18][19] On November 16, 2006, Nordegren filed a libel suit against The Dubliner.[20] Nordegren won the lawsuit, and as part of the settlement accepted by a Dublin court, The Dubliner was required to publish a lengthy apology in a variety of venues.[21][22][23]

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In 2003, Nordegren was engaged to Woods, and accompanied him on a visit to a US navy ship in the Arabian Gulf.

On June 18, 2007, Woods announced the birth of the couple's daughter, Sam Alexis Woods, a day after finishing second in the U.S.Open.[24] On September 2, 2008, Woods announced they were expecting another child in late winter.[25] Five months later it was announced that Elin had given birth to a boy on February 8, 2009.[26]

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  1. Tiger Woods' Wife Elin Nordegren Told Neighbors to Call 911, Says Attorney, CBS News, December 1, 2009. Retrieved on 2010-03-05. “Regardless of what caused the mysterious Tiger Woods car accident on Friday Nov. 27, the swing king's wife, Elin Nordegren, came to his rescue and asked two next door neighbors to call 911 after the 2:25 am crash, an attorney for the neighbors said Tuesday. ... Bill Sharpe, an attorney for the Adams family, said Woods appeared woozy and had scratches on his face and that his wife was trying to console him. Mr. and Mrs. Adams wrapped Woods in a blanket and made sure he didn't move, Sharpe said. Woods' injuries were "consistent with a car wreck and inconsistent with him being beat up," attorney Sharpe said. ... The airbags did not deploy in the crash, and Woods' wife told Windermere police she used a golf club to smash the back windows to help him out.”
  2. Reports: Elin Nordegren consults divorce lawyer, plans holidays in Sweden, USA Today, Dec 17, 2009. Retrieved on 2010-03-05. “Latest Tiger Woods buzz: People quotes an unnamed source as saying Elin Nordegren will soon be hopping a plane for Sweden for the holidays. "She plans to leave Tiger," the source tells People. "She's made up her mind. There's nothing to think about: He's never going to change." ABC News and NBC News also posted online stories from unidentified sources, saying essentially the same thing. ... There are numerous reports that Elin is consulting L.A. based divorce lawyer Sorrell Trope. He has not confirmed it.”
  3. Elin Nordegren Moves Out, Report Says -- Tiger's Wife Moves to Nearby House Owned By Golfer, Web Site Reports, CBS News, Dec. 8, 2009. Retrieved on 2010-03-05. “Tiger Woods' wife has had enough of the alleged affairs surrounding the golfer and has moved out of their Orlando-area mansion, celebrity Web site Radaronline.com reports. As more women surface, claiming to have had an affair with Woods, his wife, Elin Nordegren, has moved to a nearby home, also owned by the golfer, Radar reports. As for what would happen if Woods and Nordegren divorced, CBS News legal analyst Lisa Bloom said Nordegren's case for keeping the couple's two children would be a "slam dunk."”
  4. 4.0 4.1 Elin Nordegren calls off Tiger Woods divorce?, San Francisco Chronicle, January 27 2010. Retrieved on 2010-03-05. “Former model Elin Nordegren has reportedly called off her plans to divorce golfer Tiger Woods after visiting him in a sex addiction clinic. The Scandinavian filed for divorce after learning of her husband's cheating ways in November and immediately split from Woods. But, within the past week, she has reportedly visited the disgraced sports star at the Gentle Path clinic in Mississippi - and Nordegren has now dropped her divorce suit.”
  5. HENRICK KAROLISZYN in Hattiesburg, Miss. and Larry Mcshane DAILY NEWS WRITERS. Let the Elin begin - with shopping: Tiger Woods' wife surfaces at mall as golfer heads to sex rehab, USA Today, February 21, 2010. Retrieved on 2010-03-05. “With Tiger Woods headed back to treatment for his philandering ways, estranged wife Elin Nordegren ventured out Saturday for some retail therapy. The one-time Swedish model, who skipped her husband's nationally televised apology on Friday, surfaced with 2-year-old daughter Sam at a Florida shopping mall.The blond, in jeans, boots and sunglasses, carried the tired toddler as they headed to the shopping center in Windermere - the town where Tiger's troubles began last Thanksgiving night.”
  6. Allison Samuels. Hell Hath No Fury Like a Swedish Ex-Model -- Elin Nordegren Woods and the myth of the angry black woman., Newsweek, Dec 8, 2009. Retrieved on 2010-03-05. “Though we may never know what exactly happened that fateful night in the Woods household, we do know the superstar golfer had been quite unfaithful to his wife and that she, like most women, was none too pleased about it. In fact, the golfer reportedly told a friend shortly after the incident that his wife had gone "ghetto on him.”
  7. Elin Nordegren smiles for cameras; Jessica Biel hit by blizzard; Larry King cancels Tila Tequila, USA Today, Jan 12, 2010. Retrieved on 2010-03-05. “Elin Nordegren was smiling for the cameras yesterday in Florida as she stepped out with the two kids. No sign of Tiger. .”
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Corky Siemaszko. Tiger Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren, posed as golfer to trap mistress Rachel Uchitel on phone: report, NY Daily News. Retrieved on 2010-03-08. “Tiger Woods' suspicious wife trapped him with a text message. Using the girl-crazy golfer's cell phone, Elin Nordegren pretended to be him while she tapped out a tawdry text to her rival, Rachel Uchitel, a new report says. "I miss you," Elin Nordegren wrote. "When are we seeing each other again?" After Uchitel texted back, Nordegren called her on the phone. When she answered, the angry wife reportedly said, "I knew it was you." ... "Oh, f---," a stunned Uchitel reportedly replied and hung up.”
  9. 9.0 9.1 Five things you didn't know about Elin Nordegren (December 4, 2009). Retrieved on 2009-12-28.
  10. Article about Nordegren from the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  11. http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2009/12/17_facts_about_elin_nordegren.php
  12. The Mysterious Mrs. Woods. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  13. Jesper Parnevik says sorry to Elin Nordegren: Should never have introduced you to Tiger Woods. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  14. The Mysterious Mrs. Woods. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  15. Where's elusive Elin Woods?. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  16. "That's not her naked!", playboy.com, URL retrieved 2006-09-22.
  17. "Claim: Photographs show golfer Tiger Woods' wife posing nude", snopes.com, URL retrieved 2006-09-22.
  18. "Wet Spots", Fleshbot, 2006-09-21.
  19. Tiger Woods Blasts Mag Over Porn Jab at Wife, Fox News, September 21, 2006. Retrieved on 2009-12-28.
  20. Woods's Wife Files Libel Suit, New York Times, November 25, 2006. Retrieved on 2009-12-28.
  21. Tiger Woods' Wife Wins Libel Lawsuit. Huffington Post (December 7, 2007). Retrieved on 2009-12-28.
  22. Woods's Wife Files Libel Suit, New York Times, November 25, 2006. Retrieved on 2009-12-28.
  23. Tiger Woods' Wife Wins Libel Lawsuit. Huffington Post (December 7, 2007). Retrieved on 2009-12-28.
  24. Tiger Woods and Wife Elin Nordegren Have a Baby Girl - Birth, Tiger Woods : People.com. People Magazine (2007-06-18). Retrieved on 2009-12-28.
  25. Woods announces his wife, Elin, pregnant with second child. Associated Press. ESPN (2008-09-02). Retrieved on 2008-09-02.
  26. Tiger becomes dad for second time, Associated Press, ESPN, 2009-02-09. Retrieved on 2009-02-09.