Published: Sat, December 09, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Lindsey Vonn: I won't represent U.S. president at Winter Olympics

Lindsey Vonn: I won't represent U.S. president at Winter Olympics

Pyeongchang will be Vonn's fourth Olympics, though first since she won downhill gold and super-G bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

It is an "open question" whether or not USA athletes will participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea amid rising tensions with North, the United States ambassador to the UN has said.

When asked by CNN if she'd accept an invitation to the White House by the Trump administration, Vonn quickly responded, "Absolutely not".

Nikki Haley told Fox News that the USA would take "every precaution" to ensure the safety of its athletes.

"I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony", Vonn said.

"I want to represent our country well", said the 33-year-old skier, who also has seven career world championships medals, including two gold.

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The 2018 games begin February 9 in PyeongChang, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the North Korean border. "I want to represent our country well, and I don't think there are a lot of people now in our government that do that". No, actually I think every USA team member is invited so no I won't go.

"Doping and what the Russians did is just not acceptable", Vonn, a 77-time victor on the International Ski Federation World Cup circuit. added to CNN. "If something is going to happen, none of us can control it anyway".

Her US team-mate Mikaela Shiffrin, the victor of the slalom event in Sochi, also criticised Russian Federation after 25 of their athletes have - so far - been retrospectively disqualified from the Games for doping.

Injuries have kept her out of Olympic competition since then.

During the White House press briefing Thursday, Sanders initially reiterated Haley's comments, saying there had been "no official decision" made on if American athletes would attend the Winter Games.

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