United States skier Lindsey Vonn 'won't represent Trump' at Olympics

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Vonn, 33, is eyeing what is likely to be her final Olympic Games.

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 USA government. "I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremonies".

She continued, "I want to represent our country well". Vonn will more than likely be seen as being disrespectful to Trump, when she is truly staying true to the true spirit of the games. Nope. But I have to win to be invited so - no, actually I think every USA team member is invited.

Vonn is coming off a crash Friday in the women's downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta, a track that she has owned over the years, claiming 18 of her record 77 World Cup wins there.

Vonn made the particularly political statement while speaking to CNN on Wednesday.

The Golden State Warriors notably skipped their White House trip as National Basketball Association champions earlier this year after Trump withdrew his invitation to star Stephen Curry, who had previously announced he didn't want to go.

"Absolutely not", said Vonn. "No".

"I have to win to be invited [to the White House]".

But one person who won't be touching Donald Trump next year is Lindsey Vonn.

Pyeongchang will be Ms. Vonn's first Games since Vancouver 2010. At that point, Vonn paused: "No, actually, I think every USA team member is invited".

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