The 33-year-old skier from Minnesota spoke during an interview with CNN about competing in the Olympics under a Trump presidency compared to competing while former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were in office.
"I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the President", Vonn said from Switzerland on Wednesday night. "I don't think that there are a lot of people now in our government that do that", added Vonn, 33, who is eyeing her second Olympic gold medal at the South Korea Games.
INTERVIEWER: Would you accept an invitation to the White House if you were to win an Olympic gold in Pyeongchang? "If I were invited to the White House, which I consider a great honor, I would not attend". "I want to represent our country well".
Lindsey Vonn won a gold medal in the women's downhill competition in 2010 in Vancouver. "I don't think that there are a lot of people now in our government that do that".
U.S. skiing star Lindsey Vonn said Thursday she would not go to the White House for a post-Winter Olympics reception, aligning herself with other athletes who have protested against President Donald Trump.
Now comes the part where Donald Trump says she was never invited anyway. According to USA Today, skier Gus Kenworthy and figure skaters Ashley Wagner, Nathan Chen, and Adam Rippon have also made similar statements.
Vonn has battled with a number of serious injuries throughout her career, including a knee injury in 2013 that kept her out of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.