Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Lindsey Vonn Has Already Turned Down Her Future White House Invitation

US participation at Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang 'an open question' Lindsey Vonn Representing 'People of the United States, Not the President' at Winter Olympics
Kristopher Love | 07 December, 2017, 20:41

The veteran downhill skier, who is set to compete in her final Olympics at February's games, is looking to go out in style with another gold medal for her collection.

Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy and figure skaters Ashley Wagner, Nathan Chen and Adam Rippon have also said they would not travel to the White House.

"Absolutely not", Vonn said. "No".

"I have to win to be invited".

Vonn added: "I want to represent our country well".

In an interview with CNN, Vonn was asked what it will be like to compete for the US when Trump is the president.

U.S. skiing star Lindsey Vonn said Thursday she would not go to the White House for a post-Winter Olympics reception, aligning herself with other athletes who have protested against President Donald Trump. "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". "No, actually I think every US team member is invited, so no, I won't go". No, actually, I think every USA team member is invited, so no, I won't go. "So no, I won't go". Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry said he didn't want to visit the White House in celebration of his team's National Basketball Association title, sparking a back-and-forth between Trump and the Warriors.

Vonn, who was off seven months in 2017 due to an arm injury, began her lead-up to the Pyeongchang Games early last month.

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 U.S. Presidents Cup team.