"I don't think that there are a lot of people now in our government that do that", Vonn, who is in Switzerland preparing for February's Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, told CNN Wednesday.
Targeting Olympic gold at February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Vonn is in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where she spoke passionately about what it means to compete for the United States ski team. The Vancouver 2010 gold medallist said in a recent interview with CNN that she would decline the Trump administration's invitation if extended to her as a 2018 Olympian.
Vonn is attempting to capture her second gold medal in Pyeongchang.
It looks like President Donald Trump has another outspoken critic from within the sports world.
The 33-year-old skier made it so, so clear that she would turn down an invitation if she wins in Pyeongchang.
Well, I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the President. Over the past year Vonn has dropped a few comments via social media that subtly highlight her criticism of some of Trump's policies and behavior. "I don't think that there are a lot of people now in our government that do that". Instead, Vonn is looking to represent her fellow Americans. A knee operation from an injury suffered in 2013 caused her to miss the 2014 games, and Vonn has said that this will be the last Olympic cycle she'll participate in.
Vonn previously visited the White House while Obama was in office.
"I have no interest in going".
Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy and figure skaters Ashley Wagner, Nathan Chen and Adam Rippon have also said they would not travel to the White House. I am not standing by any of the policies that they're enforcing and things that they're doing. "But I have to win to be invited".
A number of athletes have been critical of Trump, including National Basketball Association stars LeBron James and Steph Curry.