Los Angeles - US
skiing star Lindsey Vonn said on 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.
Vonn told CNN in an interview she would be proud to represent the
United States at February's Olympics in Pyeongchang but did not see
herself as a representative of the US government.
"Well, I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president," Vonn told CNN.
"I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they
represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony.
"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."
Asked if she would attend any possible White House reception for the
US Olympic team after the Games - a common tradition - Vonn replied:
Vonn is arguably the most well-known member of the US Winter Olympic
team, having won four World Cup overall championships as well as an
Olympic gold in the downhill at the 2010 Games. She missed the 2014
Games through injury.
The 33-year-old is the latest in a series of prominent US athletes who have snubbed the Trump administration.
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.
"Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a
championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is
withdrawn!" Trump wrote on Twitter in September.
That prompted Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James to weigh in
on Curry's behalf, replying to Trump: "U bum @StephenCurry30 already
said he ain't going. So therefore ain't no invite. Going to the White
House was a great honor until you showed up!"