The most decorated girl skier of all time has become the latest competitor to express their views against Donald Trump amid her Winter Olympics preparations
American skier Lindsey Vonn has become the latest athlete to speak out against Donald Trump.
The most decorated female skier of all time told CNN 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 part US Olympic team.
” I make the Olympics very seriously and what the hell is entail and what they represent, what strolling under our flag implies in the opening ceremony ,” Vonn said.” I want to represent home countries well. I don’t think that there are a lot of parties currently in our government that do that .”
When asked if she would accept an invitation to the White House, Vonn was to the point:” Perfectly not. Nope. I have to win to be invited so- no, actually I speculate every US team member is invited. So , no, I won’t depart .”
Vonn, who curdled 33 in October, is preparing for her first Winter Olympics since 2010, when she vaulted to global fame after capturing gold in the women’s downhill and bronze in the super-G. She missed the Sochi Games four years later while rehabilitating from knee surgery.
The Minnesota native has logged a record 77 career World cup finals victories, more than any other woman and second overall to Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark. She is a four-time overall World cup finals champion and one of six dames to have won World Cup races in all five self-disciplines of alpine skiing: downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom, and super combined.
Vonn is not the first high-profile jock to speak out against the Trump administration.
Trump propelled a scandalous attack on NFL players who have kneeled in assert of the national chant during a addres in Alabama in September, objection the league’s owners to exhaust anyone who engages in the movement started last year by onetime San Francisco 49 ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The fiery rant induced disapproval from dozens of NFL players and even league commissioner Roger Goodell, who said ” controversial criticisms like[ Trump’s] demonstrate an lamentable lack of respect for the NFL .”
That same week Stephen Curry, the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player who in June preceded the Golden State Fighters to second league entitle in three seasons, told reporters he corroborated a snub of the team’s usual White House visit, giving a stern reprimand from Trump, who withdrew the summon.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star forwards LeBron James called the president a “bum” while the Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy croaked greatly, calling Trump an “asshole”.
In the CNN interview, Vonn too responded to the IOC’s remarkable decision to ban Russia’s Olympic Committee from the Winter Olympics, which kick off in Feburary.
” If even a small percentage of that is true I would think the IOC did the right thing ,” she said.” Undoubtedly, “theres” possible players that are clean but they have the option now to compete under a neutral pennant, which I think is a good answer.
” But doping and what the Russians did is just not acceptable and we have to make-up that clear. And make sure that it doesn’t happen again .”
Vonn’s final planning for Pyeongchang punched a minor snag when she hurtled out of last week’s season-opening downhill incident in Lake Louise, Austria.
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