Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn says she’ll compete in this years games to represent Americans – not Donald Trump.
The 33-year-old is aiming for her second gold medal in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea in February.
But she says that any victory would be for ‘the people of the United States, not the president.’
‘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 told CNN. ‘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.
‘I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president.’
Vonn, who was speaking at an event in St. Moritz, Switzerland, says that she would also decline any invitation to come to the White House.
‘Absolutely not,’ said Vonn, when asked if she would accept the invitation if she won gold. ‘No. But I have to win to be invited. No actually I think every US team member is invited so no I won’t go.’
Vonn is one of a number of athletes who have spoken out against Trump since his inauguration.
The president has clashed with NFL and NBA stars this year who have chosen to kneel during the national anthem in protest against institutional racism in the US and against some of Trump’s divisive policies.
Meanwhile, Vonn is focusing on the gold at the Olympics and is also attempting to break the record of 86 World Cup victories held by Ingemar Stenmark since 1989.
Pyeongchang will be her first Games since Vancouver 2010, where she wowed the crowds with her gold win. She is now worth an estimated $3 million.
Speaking about the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, she said ‘My focus this year is on the Olympics. I can break the overall win record this year, but I think it’s more realistic to save that for the following year, and really focus on the Olympics this year.’