Skier Lindsey Vonn Sparks Outrage: I Refuse to Represent Trump at Olympics, Will ‘Absolutely Not’ Accept WH Invite

Assuming that the U.S. decides to attend the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn says that she intends to be there, but that she will be representing the American people, not President Donald Trump.

Questions have been raised about whether the United States might pull out of the Winter Olympics scheduled for February 9 to the beginning after comments from UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Haley said that the most important thing is the safety of Americans and they were still considering the question, given the threats from North Korea and the potential dangers.





Vonn attacked Trump during a CNN interview in St. Moritz, saying she takes representing the United States more seriously than the President.

From Washington Times:

“I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” Ms. 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.

“I want to represent our country well. And I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that,” she said.

Ms. Vonn also said she plans to reject the traditional invitation for Team USA to visit the White House.

“Absolutely not,” she said when asked if she would attend. “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 won an Olympic gold in Vancouver in 2010 but has had a series of serious injuries since, including a knee injury that prevented her participating in the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

She missed part of the season last year because of a broken arm and has had a bad start to this new season crashing at her last downhill competition at Lake Louise.

The South Korean Winter Olympics would be her first Olympics in seven years.

Vonn perhaps should concentrate on her competition and less on politics.

And she clearly has anger and propriety issues. Here she is destroying a ski after it came off during a competition.

Athletes represent the country, they don’t represent the President, any politics or any political party.

That’s the very essence and the point of the Olympics, to put politics aside.

The fact that she doesn’t understand that or is more interested in getting 15 minutes of publicity prior to the Games says something about her.

Not a good representative for the USA.

People were not feeling her reaction.

Several suggested they would boycott Under Armour, for whom she is a sponsor.

She did get one message of support, from the ‘Trump resistance’ group, Democratic Coalition.

[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]