Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Lindsey Vonn happy to represent United States at Olympics, but 'not the president'

Lindsey Vonn happy to represent United States at Olympics, but 'not the president'

"I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the President."

In an interview with CNN, Vonn said that she wants to "represent the people of the United States, not the President".

Just don't ask Vonn - or many other of her fellow USA competitors - to do it in support of President Donald Trump.

The 33-year-old skier also noted she wouldn't accept a White House invitation if she won a gold medal in the 2018 games. "So, no, I won't go".

Widely considered one of the greatest skiers of all time, Vonn is attempting to break the record of 86 World Cup victories held by Swedish skier Ingemar Stenmark.


A knee injury kept Vonn out of the 2014 Games in Sochi.

Lindsey Vonn talks with reporters after her training for the FIS Ski World Cup Women's Downhill Nov. 28, 2017 in Lake Louise, Alberta.

Trump has not yet commented on Vonn's criticism, though he has actively rebuked other athletes since he became president. Trump wrote on Twitter in September. The fiery rhetoric prompted criticism from dozens of NFL players and even league commissioner Roger Goodell, who said: "Divisive comments like [Trump's] demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL".

A number of athletes have been critical of Trump, including National Basketball Association stars LeBron James and Steph Curry. Since Trump took office in January, members of championship-winning teams including the New England Patriots, Chicago Cubs and Clemson Tigers have visited him at the White House, while the Warriors, NCAA men's basketball champion North Carolina and NCAA women's champion SC have said they would not be making the trip.

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