Feb. 6, 2014 -- Lindsey Vonn is a professional athlete, but she still has insecurities about her body.
In a new interview, the skier, who just pulled out of the Sochi Olympics because of a knee injury, opened up about what it's like to go to red carpet events amongst thin starlets.
"It was hard to go to the Met ball [last May], with people who eat lettuce and a Diet Coke for dinner," she told Self magazine. "I feel like I need to give them a cheeseburger. It's sexy and beautiful to be strong."
Vonn, 29, who recently said that she sticks to a diet heavy in protein, added that she doesn't envy those women, however.
"So many of them are skinny-fat," she explained. "They have more cellulite than most people."
If she sounds competitive, she comes by it honestly. Vonn, whose marriage to her former coach officially dissolved last January, is now dating golfer Tiger Woods, and she said their love of competition is something that binds them.
"We're pretty competitive in everything we do: tennis, Ping-Pong, who wakes up earlier," she said. "I lose more than I win, but I try! He always beats me walking to the car."
However, it goes deeper than that. Vonn has suffered from depression for years and said that being with the people she loves -- undoubtedly Woods being one of them -- helps her during those times. Woods has also helped her "stay patient" as she undergoes physical therapy for her knee.
"I'd say, 'Why can't I do this? I want to!' And he'd say, 'You'll get your chance. It will come.' We're good for each other," she said. "I don't know what he's learned from me, to be honest. But we push each other and help each other when we're down."