Numerous US athletes have been outspoken about their views of Donald Trump throughout his presidency. Skier Lindsey Vonn has recently added herself to the list of voices speaking out about Trump. According to the Olympic star, she won't be representing the United States president while at the Olympics.
"I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president," said Vonn, according to CNN.
Vonn, 33, is currently preparing to carry out the final act of her long and successful career as an athlete. She will be competing for a second Olympic gold medal in South Korea and be attempting to break the record of 86 World Cup victories held by Ingemar Stenmark since 1989. Despite her widespread popularity and success as an athlete, she has decided that she wants to make her appearance in the Olympics political.
"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," she claimed, adding that she takes the Olympics and "what they represent" very seriously.
Fox News writes that Vonn won a gold medal in the women's downhill competition in 2010 in Vancouver, but skipped the 2014 Sochi games due to a severe knee injury.
She has made very clear that she won't accept an invitation to the White House.
"Absolutely not," she said, according to Bleacher Report. "No. 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."
Vonn is one of many U.S. Olympians to remark that they will not go to the White House. USA Today has recently reported that Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy and figure skaters Ashley Wagner, Nathan Chen, and Adam Rippon have also publicly announced that they will not travel to the White House.
The Winter Olympics will be held in South Korea from February 9-25. The situation with neighbor North Korea, which has grown increasingly hostile in recent months, presents complications to the games. CNN reports that security for US athletes is an important concern. The Trump administration is currently working to discover the best way to secure that US athletes are protected.
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