Lindsey Vonn Responds to Backlash After Trump Quip

Skier says she read comments from people 'hoping I break my neck'
By Gina Carey,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2017 7:07 PM CST
Updated Dec 13, 2017 1:33 AM CST
Critics Tell Injured Vonn 'God Is Punishing' Her For Trump Quip
Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, reacts in the finish area following her run in the women's World Cup downhill ski race at Lake Louise, Alberta, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.   (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Olympic hopeful Lindsey Vonn is learning the downside of talking politics on national television. USA Today reports Vonn has seen an outpouring of both support and criticism following an interview where she said she wouldn’t be skiing for Trump should she make the 2018 Winter Olympics team. "Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president," she told CNN Sunday in Switzerland, where she was competing in the World Cup. During the competition, Vonn later sustained a back injury that forced her to withdraw from later events. She spoke out about her injury on social media, where she was met with a flurry of responses that prompted her to clarify her stance on Trump.

"The point that I was trying to articulate is that all Olympic athletes represent their nation as a whole, and are not representatives of their government or any specific political figure or party,” Vonn wrote to her 1.1 million Instagram followers, adding that athletes don’t work "tirelessly for years on end to compete in the Olympics on behalf of Democrats or Republicans." Vonn said her comments opened her eyes "to how divided we are right now," and shared some of the more personal attacks she’s received. "It is hurtful to read comments where people are hoping I break my neck or that God is punishing me for being 'anti-Trump,'" she wrote. Vonn’s viral post continued to generate both positive and negative feedback, with over 53,000 likes and 1,500 comments at the time of this posting. (Read more Lindsey Vonn stories.)

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