It looks like President Donald Trump has another outspoken critic from within the sports world.
In an interview with CNN, American skiing great Lindsey Vonn said that she is definitely looking forward to representing her country in the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
The president, however, not so much.
“Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” Vonn told CNN. She added that if she were invited to the White House after the games, she would “absolutely not” go.
“I want to represent our country well,” she further stated. “I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.”
Vonn is looking to capture her second Olympic gold medal in the upcoming games. After missing the 2014 Winter Olympics due to an injury, she is hoping to cap off her highly decorated career by standing atop the podium one more time.
Unfortunately for Vonn, it is now possible that geopolitical forces may prevent her from realizing her dream. With tensions rising with North Korea, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley recently said that it was an “open question” whether the United States should send its athletes to South Korea. At today’s White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that “no official decision” had been made yet. Sanders would later walk back those comments:
UPDATE: The U.S. looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. The protection of Americans is our top priority and we are engaged with the South Koreans and other partner nations to secure the venues.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 7, 2017
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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