U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Wednesday it was an "open question" as if the country will send athletes to South Korea for the Winter Olympics amid tensions with the North.
But if the U.S. does it send its athletes to Pyeongchang then Lindsey Vonn has made it clear he will not be representing President Donald Trump
Vonn, the gold medal winner from the downhill ski event at the Vancouver Games in 2010, told CNN 's Alpine Edge that "a lot of people" currently in the US Government of the United States, not the President
"I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the President," Vonn said from Switzerland on Wednesday night. "I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony."
"I want to represent our country well. I do not think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that. "
During his time as President, Trump has been unafraid to wade into feuds with sports stars who speak out on social issues. has repeatedly criticized NFL players who have followed Colin Kaepernick's example by kneeling during the National Anthem, even going so far as to call for anyone who knelt to be "fired." In September, the President also retracted an invitation for two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry to visit the White House-even though Curry had already said he was not going to make the trip.
In an era where professional sports, politics and social awareness have become inextricable from each other, many sportspeople have hit back at Trump. "U bum," was how the NBA's best and most famous player LeBron James addressed Trump on Twitter on September 23, in the wake of his behavior towards Curry. "@ StephenCurry30 already said he is not going! So therefore is not invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up! "
Vonn, who has overcome multiple injuries to make what could be his final Winter Olympics at the age of 33, is following in a distinguished line in taking on the President .