Would Lindsey Vonn visit Trump? ‘Ab­so­lutely not. Nope.’

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - MATT BONESTEEL

Lindsey Vonn is one of the most her­alded Alpine skiers of all time, and for good rea­son: Her 77 World Cup vic­to­ries are the most-ever by a woman, and Inge­mar Sten­mark’s all-time record of 86 is within reach. But for all her suc­cess, she only has two Olympic medals, a tally she would like to grow this win­ter at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

And if she does, don’t ex­pect her to cel­e­brate with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at the White House.

“I hope to rep­re­sent the peo­ple of the United States, not the pres­i­dent,” she told CNN. “I take the Olympics very se­ri­ously and what they mean and what they rep­re­sent, what walk­ing un­der our flag means in the Open­ing Cer­e­monies. And, you know, I want to rep­re­sent our coun­try well and I don’t think there are a lot of peo­ple cur­rently in our gov­ern­ment that do that.”

When asked by CNN’s Christina Macfar­lane if she would ac­cept an in­vi­ta­tion to the White House should she win an Olympic medal, Vonn replied: “Ab­so­lutely not. Nope. But I have to win to be in­vited so — no, ac­tu­ally I think ev­ery U.S. team mem­ber is in­vited. So no, I won’t go.”

In Septem­ber, Golden State War­riors star Stephen Curry dou­bled down on his stance that he would not be cel­e­brat­ing his team’s NBA ti­tle with Trump. Trump re­sponded by say­ing that Curry’s in­vi­ta­tion had been “with­drawn,” and the War­riors as a team later voted against vis­it­ing the White House al­to­gether. 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 South Carolina have said they would not be mak­ing the trip.

Vonn has vis­ited the White House in the past, once in 2010 and an­other time in 2014 with then­boyfriend Tiger Woods to cel­e­brate the win­ning 2013 U.S. Pres­i­dents Cup team.

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Lindsey Vonn made it quite clear: she rep­re­sents the Amer­i­can peo­ple, not Pres­i­dent Trump.

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