Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Skier Lindsey Vonn says she won't represent Trump at Olympics

There is still a question over whether American athletes will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics There is still a question over whether American athletes will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics
Dexter Carr | 08 December, 2017, 01:27

American downhill skier Lindsey Vonn says she wants to represent the United States, but not President Donald Trump, at the Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

"Absolutely not", she said, smiling and shaking her head.
She's the latest of a number of athletes, like the Golden State Warriors, to reject or decline an invitation to visit the White House after a significant athletic accomplishment. It's clear that he wouldn't get 100% attendance. This will be Vonn's second Olympics, and also her last. And, you know, I want to represent our country well, and I don't think there are a lot of people now in our government that do that.

In May, for example, Vonn shared an article regarding Trump's decision to slash federal funding for the State Department's Office of Global Women's Issues on Twitter with the caption, "What is going on??!"

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Olympic free skier Gus Kenworthy and figure skaters Ashley Wagner, Nathan Chen and Adam Rippon have also publicly stated that they would not travel to the White House.

Vonn has visited the White House in the past, once in 2010 (according to a Facebook post) and another time in 2014 with then-boyfriend Tiger Woods to celebrate the winning 2013 US Presidents Cup golf team. "So no, I won't go". I am not standing by any of the policies that they're enforcing and things that they're doing.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James called the president a "bum" while the Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy went further, calling Trump an "asshole". But I have to win to be invited.

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