Olympics: Vonn to snub White House visit for US team


I want to represent our country well.

Lindsey Vonn sat down with CNN to talk about the upcoming Winter Olympics which the United States may or may not end up sending athletes to for safety reasons.

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

A number of U.S. athletes have spoken out against Donald Trump during his presidency and Lindsey Vonn has become the latest to have her say.

Golden State Warriors basketball star Stephen Curry earlier this year indicated he was reluctant to attend a White House reception for the NBA champions - prompting Trump to disinvite the team.

Vonn, the gold medal victor from the downhill ski event at the Vancouver Games in 2010, told CNN's Alpine Edge that "a lot of people" in the current USA government are not representing the country's people well.

Vonn is coming off a crash Friday in the women's downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta, a track that she has owned over the years, claiming 18 of her record 77 World Cup wins there. The Vancouver 2010 gold medallist said in a recent interview with CNN that she would decline the Trump administration's invitation if extended to her as a 2018 Olympian.

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. Injuries forced her to miss the 2014 Sochi Games. "Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!"