Lindsey Vonn opened up about the backlash she’s been receiving since speaking out against President Donald Trump last week.
In an Instagram post, Vonn said she’s been receiving both positive and negative feedback stemming from an interview she did with CNN last week. Vonn told CNN she hopes to represent the people of United States in the upcoming Winter Olympics and not President Trump.
Since the comments she said she’s received some harsh messages from people who were attacking her for what she said. Vonn wrote on Instagram that the comments “opened up her eyes to how divided we are right now” as a country.
“It is hurtful to read comments where people are hoping I break my neck or that God is punishing me for being ‘anti-Trump.’ We need to find a way to put aside our differences and find common ground in communicating,” Vonn wrote.
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People started going after her on social media over the weekend when she suffered a mild back injury at a World Cup event in Switzerland. Some said the injury was karma for what she said about Trump.
Vonn has also been receiving criticism after she told CNN she wouldn’t visit the White House following the Olympics if she was invited.
The Olympic skier added that she hopes the U.S. could still be the “shining city on a hill” to the world despite what’s been going on recently.
“I am proud to be an American, and I want our country to continue to be a symbol of hope, compassion, inclusion and world unity. My travels around the world have recently made clear that this is no longer how people view the United States. You cannot pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV in Europe without noticing how people are questioning our direction. It seems to me that we must lead with understanding and strive for unity in our relationships throughout the world.”
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The 33-year-old also said “the Olympics are a non-political event” even though history could suggest otherwise.
The 2018 Winter Olympics are believed to be the last Games for Vonn. She previously won the gold medal in the women’s downhill at the 2010 Vancouver Games and had to miss the 2014 Olympics because of a knee injury.
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