Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics

Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn

"I have to win to be invited".

But this February, when she competes in Pyeongchang, South Korea, she is making it clear: she's not representing President Trump when she hits the slopes.

Vonn is slated to compete in her first Games since 2010 in Vancouver, where she gained fame by becoming the first American woman to win gold in the downhill event.

"Absolutely not", she said, smiling and shaking her head.

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

Vonn, the most successful female alpine skier of all time and one of the stars of the USA contingent set to compete in South Korea, took aim at the president with pointed remarks in an interview with CNN. Vonn says she won't represent Donald Trump at the 2018 Winter Olympics. "And I don't think that there are a lot of people now in our government that do that", she said. "And I want to represent our country well and I don't think there are a lot of people now in our government who do that". 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.

In an era where professional sports, politics and social awareness have become inextricable from each other, many sportspeople have hit back at Trump. Vonn will more than likely be seen as being disrespectful to Trump, when she is truly staying true to the true spirit of the games. Vonn's invitation may be withdrawn before it is ever extended.

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