Various US athletes have spoken out towards Donald Trump throughout his presidency — and skier Lindsey Vonn has turn into the newest to have her say.
Concentrating on Olympic gold at February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Vonn is in St. Moritz, Switzerland, the place she spoke passionately about what it means to compete for the US ski workforce.
“Nicely I hope to symbolize the individuals of the USA, not the president,” Vonn advised CNN’s Alpine Edge.
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The 33-yr-previous Vonn is preparing for the ultimate act of an extended and illustrious profession.
In addition to competing for a second Olympic gold medal in South Korea, she is trying to interrupt the document of 86 World Cup victories held by Ingemar Stenmark since 1989.
Away from the slopes, Vonn additionally seems prepared to place her head above the parapet and converse out about US politics.
“I take the Olympics very critically and what they imply and what they characterize, what strolling beneath our flag means within the opening ceremony,” she added.
“I need to characterize our nation nicely. I don’t assume that there are lots of people at present in our authorities that do this.”
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This yr President Trump has been embroiled in an issue with the NFL and a number of the NBA’s prime gamers — a spat with vital racial and cultural undertones — after he blasted outstanding athletes for kneeling in the course of the nationwide anthem and refusing to return to the White Home.
And Vonn revealed she wouldn’t settle for an invite to the White Home if she have been to win gold at Pyeongchang.
“Completely not,” stated Vonn. “No. However I’ve to win to be invited. No truly I feel each US workforce member is invited so no I gained’t go.
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Pyeongchang shall be Vonn’s first Video games since Vancouver 2010, the place her downhill triumph turned her into a worldwide star and one of many world’s greatest-paid winter athletes with a internet value, based on Forbes, of about $three million.
Vonn has battled with quite a few critical accidents all through her profession, together with a knee damage in 2013 that stored her out of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
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Final yr, she broke her arm and sustained nerve injury throughout a preseason coaching crash within the US, delaying the beginning of her season till January.
Vonn endured an underwhelming begin to the brand new season, crashing out of final week’s opening downhill occasion at Lake Louise.