Olympics skiing star Vonn to snub White House visit for U.S. team

Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn

In what could be her final Olympics, Vonn is one of many American athletes who continue to voice their opinions about the current political state in Washington D.C. In an interview with CNN, Vonn made it clear she wants the chance to represent the American people and not, specifically, Trump. Vonn adds that should she be invited to the White House with the squad or after earning a medal, she will not attend.

Vonn has battled with a number of serious injuries throughout her career, including a knee injury in 2013 that kept her out of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony".

"I have to win to be invited [to the White House]".

Away from the slopes, Vonn also appears willing to put her head above the parapet and speak out about USA politics.

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American skiing champion Lindsey Vonn has criticised US President Donald Trump. "I don't think that there are a lot of people now in our government that do that".

"I have no interest in going".

Pyeongchang will be Ms. Vonn's first Games since Vancouver 2010.

In late September, Trump rescinded a White House invitation to the Golden State Warriors after star player Steph Curry said during a press conference he had no interest in visiting 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue following the team's championship. Since Trump took office in January, members of championship-winning teams including the New England Patriots, Chicago Cubs and Clemson Tigers have visited him at the White House, while the Warriors, NCAA men's basketball champion North Carolina and NCAA women's champion SC have said they would not be making the trip.

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