Olympics: Vonn to snub White House visit for U.S. team

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INTERVIEWER: Would you accept an invitation to the White House if you were to win an Olympic gold in Pyeongchang?

The upcoming Winter Olympics will be her first since Vancouver in 2010 where her appearance made her one of the best paid winter athletes.

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" now in the US government are not representing the country's people adequately.

Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson said she will not go to the White House if the team is invited again after winning its fourth National Basketball Association title. "No, actually I think every US team member is invited, so no, I won't go". Injuries prevented Vonn from competing in the 2014 Olympics, but she's hoping to get back onto the slopes this time around at the venerable (for high-level skiers) age of 33.

And if she does, don't expect her to celebrate with President Donald Trump at the White House.

Lindsey Vonn in action in the Giant Slalom at the 2017 AUDI FIS Ski World Cup in Austria
ALEXANDER HASSENSTEIN GETTY IMAGES Lindsey Vonn in action in the Giant Slalom at the 2017 AUDI FIS Ski World Cup in Austria

'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".

"Absolutely not", said Vonn when asked about visiting Washington DC with the rest of the Winter Olympic team. "If I were invited to the White House, which I consider a great honor, I would not attend".

The Olympics are about representing the country, and not the elected officials that run it.

It's not exactly as though the president has not done something like this before.

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