Olympic gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn says she’ll represent the United States, but not President Trump, when she returns to the Winter Games in February.
Vonn, who won a gold medal in the women’s downhill competition in 2010 in Vancouver, skipped the 2014 Sochi games because of knee injuries.
Lindsey Vonn is following in the footsteps of the Golden State Warriors when it comes to affairs in the nation’s capital.
During an interview Wednesday with CNN’s Alpine Edge, the Olympic skier said she would decline an invitation to visit President Donald Trump’s White House if invited.
“But I have to win to be invited,” Vonn said. “No actually I think every US team member is invited, so no I won’t go.”
Hopeful to take home the gold, Vonn, who broke her upper right arm in late 2016 while training in Colorado in the midst of recovering from a knee injury, also spoke of her desire to compete for her country. Vonn, 33, competed at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, winning two medals (a gold and a bronze in 2010). She missed the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, because of a knee injury.
“I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the President,” Vonn said. “I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremonies. And, you know, I want to represent our country as well and I don’t think there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.”
When the champion Warriors said they would not visit the White House, Trump withdrew the invitation.
“I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” Vonn said this week amid the buildup to the 2018 games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
“I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremonies,” she added.
“I want to represent our country well, and I don’t think there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.”
Vonn also told CNN that she would “absolutely not” accept an invitation to the White House.
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