United States Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn stirred up controversy when she told CNN, “Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president. I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony,” she added. “I want to represent our country well. I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.” Vonn further commented, when asked about going to the White House, “Absolutely not. No. But I have to win to be invited. No actually I think every US team member is invited so no I won’t go.”
Vonn is 33 years old and is looking to secure her second gold medal at this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Her comments, though, have caused a great deal of anger on the political right, with people going so far as to call her un-American. This reaction raises a question. Were Lindsey Vonn’s comments un-American?
CNN showing Lindsey Vonn’s comments about the Olympics and going to the White House:
Were Lindsey Vonn’s comments to CNN un-American? Isn’t the fact that she’s speaking out part of what being an American is all about? Or, did she disgrace the Olympic team with her comments?