Olympian Lindsey Vonn says she won't represent Trump at Winter Games

Andrew Cummings
December 9, 2017

She added that she would not visit the White House if she won.

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 U.S. government.

USA skier Lindsey Vonn got an icy response from Fox News' "Fox & Friends" on Friday after she criticized President Donald Trump.

"I think politics are politics and I would hope that the world isn't as evil as a place to attack something like the Olympics", she said.

Coincidentally, the White House plays no role in that decision, as it is up to the United States Olympic Committee.

CEO Scott Blackmun spoke Friday after a board meeting, and a day after members of the Trump administration cast doubt over whether the USA would field a team at the Olympics in February. Since the USOC does not receive any federal funding (unlike almost every other country that competes), they are an independent entity and not a government organization. "What we will do is, we will make sure that we're taking every precaution possible to make sure that they're safe and to know everything that's going on around them". "So we are 100 percent committed to our athletes on that but don't want to get into a discussion around what the legalities might be". Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, tweeted, "We have a long-standing and successful relationship with the Republic of #Korea".

Pyeongchang, the venue for next year's Winter Olympics is approximately 80km from the demilitarised zone dividing North and South Korea. "We look forward to cheering on @TeamUSA at #PyeongChang2018".

"I recall prior to the 2014 games in Sochi, there was a tremendous amount of apprehension about security issues related to those Games", said Larry Probst, USOC chairman.

Said Blackmun: "The risks are different with each Games".

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