Lindsey Vonn doesn’t want to represent Trump at Olympics

Lindsey Vonn is more Coloradoan than Minnesotan, but that doesn’t stop Minnesota from claiming her as “one of us.”

That may well be tested now that Vonn is getting the Dixie Chicks treatment because she weighed in on the question of what it means to represent the United States?

“Well, I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” Vonn told CNN’s Alpine Edge about the February Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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

“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.”

She also said she wouldn’t accept a White House invitation if she were to medal in her alpine events.

Judging by the initial outrage, there are lots of Twitter bots and, maybe, people who hope she doesn’t.

  • Jerry

    That’s the tweet of hers they chose to reply to? Classy.

  • Jeff C.

    Why did CNN ask about going to the White House if invited after the Olympics? Does politics have to get injected into EVERYTHING? Was it just a cheap way to generate more clicks, knowing that the question would lead to a headline-generating quote (regardless of her answer)?

  • Jeff

    The pro-Trump guy who is now cheering for Canada as a way to protest Vonn’s viewpoints is just so classic.

    • jon

      If we don’t win this Olympics I’m moving to Canada!

    • QuietBlue

      Well, it’s not like he can cheer for Russia this time around.

    • Jeff

      Maybe he can get us some of that health care and some Syrian refugees.

  • KTN

    Of course she’s not representing the President – I would hope no athlete competing would make that type of statement. In reverse order for instance, Ms. Vonn represents: the 2 private clubs where she thrived, Buck Hill, and Ski Club Vail. U.S. Ski & Snowboard (the governing body for skiing in the country) and the U.S. Ski Team.

    I don’t really care about her politics, but he can speak the truth if she feels the need, good for her.

    Although she is having a rough start to the season, she will be a medal threat in both SuperG and Downhill too, and that’s why we send athletes to the games – to win.

    • Kay Martin

      She represents the United Stats. To go on camera and say she would not accept the traditional invitation to the White House with all the other Olympic Athletes is infantile. Hope her sponsors, including Red Bull, are proud.

      • Ralphy

        “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official.” – Theodore Roosevelt

        • Kay Martin

          Not interested in a battle of quotes. Would much prefer, in this forum, to read your own thoughts. Mine are that when an athlete has the privilege of being among a elite group representing his or her country, it would be consistent to also respect the tradition and the privilege of going with his or her team to the White House. That’s my opinion.

          • Jack

            Actually I find it quite telling that the quote is from an actual president.

            Imagine how history would have been different if people stood up against individuals in power who were committing heinous acts in the name of the country. So many examples around the world on every continent.

          • Angry Jonny

            If Lindsay were my daughter, I wouldn’t expect her to accept an invitation from a self-proclaimed “p*ssy grabber”.

          • kevins

            I can affirm that both of my adult daughters would refuse to be in the same room with the current Prez.

  • crystals

    Worth noting that the question that prompted her answer about representing the people and not the president was this (which I think puts her answer in context): “How will it feel competing at an Olympic games for the United States, whose president is Donald Trump?”

    • Paul

      Was wondering what the question was – you could tell it was pretty pointed by the response.

    • Kay Martin

      I saw the question about whether she would accept the traditional invitation to the White House and she said no. She’s showing that her personal politics trump her teammates, and respect for Americans and the office of president.

      • crystals

        She’s not the first and won’t be the last. Some athletes didn’t go to the White House because they disagreed with Obama, too. I don’t really think whether a championship athlete chooses to attend a ceremony has anything to do with their respect for Americans or their teammates. It’s their choice, and if they don’t want to go who cares?

        • Kay Martin

          Who announced in advance of the invitation that they would refuse to attend with their team?

          • crystals

            Most recently (so far as I know), the Golden State Warriors.

          • Kay Martin

            The professionals don’t represent the Unite States, crystals. What Olympic athletes have announced in advance of the traditional invitation that they would refuse to attend with their team?

          • crystals

            It wasn’t clear you were only referring to Olympic athletes, my bad – I just know the stories over the years of professional athletes who have declined to attend. I recommend Google to find what you’re looking for.

            Either way, my opinion is still the same – it is their right to go or not go, and it doesn’t mean squat about patriotism or respect for America. They competed for our country, they don’t owe us anything more than that.

          • Kay Martin

            It is disrespectful to the Office of the President, in my opinion. Just because you can do something like that, doesn’t mean you should. Sad that patriotism has become a political football.

          • crystals

            I guess I simply disagree with the premise that athletes (Olympic, professional, or amateur) should be required or expected to show respect to the Office of the President. They are individuals with their own beliefs and should be able to do whatever they think is right – including making the choice whether to take an audience with the president or not, regardless of who is in office. Yay democracy!

          • Kay Martin

            There was no mention by me of anyone being required to either attend nor show respect. Not being contrary, just careful about words. We’ll have to agree to disagree.

          • Angry Jonny
  • AL287

    Laughter, the best medicine is what we needed today and you guys (and gals) delivered today!

  • Hans Mouritzen

    My hat off to her.