Just two days ago Lindsey Vonn was in Switzerland competing in the World Cup super-G when she revealed that she wouldn’t accept an invitation to the White House if she were to win a gold medal at Pyeongchang in 2018.
“Absolutely not. Nope. But I have to win to be invited so – no, actually I think every U.S. team member is invited. So no, I won’t go.” – Vonn
“I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” she told CNN. “I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the Opening Ceremonies. And, you know, I want to represent our country well and I don’t think there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.”
Ironically enough, Vonn hurt her back earlier today at the super-G finishing in 24th place. After she finished the race she reportedly laid down and struggled to stand back up again. The US ski team later tweeted that Von had “compressed her back.” This injury comes just two months before the winter Olympic games will begin. Her father did however tell the AP that she was “okay.”
Video of Lindsey Vonn suffering a back injury in her run, dropping to the snow after finishing (sorry no sound). pic.twitter.com/QLTywWlb1E
— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) December 9, 2017
Perhaps Vonn’s ego may have gotten the best of her in this case. Her words may have been prophetic when she said she would “absolutely not” visit the white house after the games. You can’t represent the president of your country at the Olympics when you have an injured back. Hopefully Vonn recovers in time to complete for the games, it would be fun to have someone to root against.