Skier Lindsey Vonn says she will not represent President Trump when she competes at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
“Well, I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” she told CNN Thursday.
“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 added of the competition in February.
“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.”
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Vonn also revealed she would not accept an invitation to the White House should she win a gold medal at the upcoming Olympics.
“Absolutely not,” she said in St. Moritz, Switzerland. “No. But I have to win to be invited. No, actually I think every U.S. team member is invited, so no I won’t go.”
Vonn, 33, is competing for her second Olympic gold in South Korea after winning her first at the 2010 Winter Games in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.
The skier is also trying to break Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 World Cup victories, which the latter athlete has held since 1989.
Pyeongchang is Vonn’s first Olympics since the 2010 version, where her success made her one of the world’s most recognizable winter sport athletes.
Vonn now boasts a net worth of approximately $3 million, according to Forbes, meaning she is also one of the best-paid competitors in winter sports.
Trump has provoked strong reactions from many of America’s top athletes this year, most notably for repeatedly criticizing the National Football League (NFL).
Scores of NFL employees have knelt during the national anthem this year after Trump called on the league to fire those who did so last September.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began performing the move in 2016 as a racial injustice and police brutality.
Critics argue the gesture is a valid display of free speech, while critics contend that it is unpatriotic and disrespects U.S. military forces