And if she does, don’t expect her to celebrate with President Trump at the White House.
“I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” she 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 ceremonies. And, you know, I want to represent our country well, and I don’t think there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.”
When asked by CNN’s Christina Macfarlane if she would accept an invitation to the White House should she win an Olympic medal, Vonn replied: “Absolutely not. Nope. But I have to win to be invited, so — no, actually, I think every U.S. team member is invited. So, no, I won’t go.”
In September, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry doubled down on his stance that he would not be celebrating his team’s NBA title with Trump at the White House. Trump responded by saying Curry’s invitation had been “withdrawn,” and the Warriors as a team later voted against visiting the White House altogether. Since Trump took office in January, members of the championship-winning New England Patriots, Chicago Cubs and Clemson Tigers have visited the White House, while the Warriors, NCAA men’s basketball champion North Carolina and NCAA women’s champion South Carolina have said they would not be making the trip.
Vonn has visited the White House in the past, once in 2010 (according to a Facebook post) and another time in 2014 with then-boyfriend Tiger Woods to celebrate the winning 2013 U.S. Presidents Cup team.
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