American skier champion Lindsey Vonn has become the latest athlete to speak out against President Donald Trump.Lindsey Vonn told that she will strive to represent the American people, but not President Donald Trump when she competes at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Lindsey Vonn told in an interview that aired Thursday that she wants to “represent the people of the United States, not the president” and would turn down the invitation to the White House traditionally put forth to the entire US Olympic team.
“I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony,” Vonn said. “I want to represent our country well. I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.” Vonn told, where she’s competing in a World Cup event to qualify for her second Olympics.
Vonn turned 33 this October, will be competing in her first Winter Olympics since Vancouver 2010, when she won gold in the Downhill and Bronze in the Super-G. within the Downhill at Vancouver 2010, however she’s handled critical damage disorders then. She missed the Sochi games four years later while rehabilitating from knee surgery in 2014 brought on her to overlook the 2014 games, and Vonn has mentioned that this would be the last Olympic cycle she’ll participate in.
Vonn was also whether she’d accept an invitation to visit the White House if she won a medal in Pyeongchang, to which she instantly responded: “Absolutely not. Nope. But I have to win to be invited. No, actually I think every U.S. team member is invited – so no I won’t go.”
Trump’s presence in the White House has already provoked several athletes to skip the visit that follows a championship. Just weeks after his inauguration, the New England Patriots did make the trip to celebrate their Super Bowl victory, but a number of players decided to skip the visit. The Golden State Warriors did not go to the White House to commemorate their NBA championship after Trump revoked Curry’s invite.
Trump is just not the first president famous athletes have determined to spurn after championships. At the time of Barack Obama’s tenure, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady mainly skipped a championship visit, as did Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta and Boston Bruins goalkeeper Tim Thomas. Additional back, Michael Jordan also ditched a meeting with George H.W. Bush to move golf and Larry chicken declined the invitation to meet Ronald Reagan
“If even a small percentage of that is true I would think the IOC did the right thing,” she said. Surely, there are potential athletes that are clean but they have the option now to compete under a neutral flag, which I think is an effective resolution.
Absolutely, there are abilities athletes that are smooth but they have the alternative now to compete beneath a neutral flag, which I suppose is an effective resolution.
“But doping and what the Russians did is just not acceptable and we have to make that clear. And make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”
Vonn’s final preparations for Pyeongchang hit a minor snag when she crashed out of the season-opening downhill event in Lake Louise, Austria.
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