US Skier Doesn't Want to Represent Trump in Winter Olympics

| DEC 7, 2017 | 4:50 PM

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Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn plans to represent the U.S. in the upcoming Winter Olympics, but she’s insisting she has no intention of serving as an ambassador for President Donald Trump.

“I want to represent our country well. I don't think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that,” Vonn, who is in Switzerland preparing for February’s Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, told CNN Wednesday.

She went on to say she hopes “to represent the people of the United States, not the president.” The 33-year-old skier also noted she wouldn’t accept a White House invitation if she won a gold medal in the 2018 games.

“I have to win to be invited [to the White House]. No, actually, I think every U.S. team member is invited, so no I won’t go,” Vonn said.

Trump has not yet commented on Vonn’s criticism, though he has actively rebuked other athletes since he became president.

In late September, Trump rescinded a White House invitation to the Golden State Warriors after star player Steph Curry said during a press conference he had no interest in visiting 1600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.

The president has also, of course, been in an ongoing feud with the NFL and players who choose to take a knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In September, he suggested anyone who participates in the controversial protest should be fired.