Olympian Lindsey Vonn should have stayed focused on skiing, and stayed the heck out of politics.
The 33-year-old skier, who won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics, made a huge mistake when, during a recent interview with CNN about the upcoming Feb. 9-25 Pyeongchang Winter Games in South Korea, said, “Well, I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president.”
According to her Wikipedia page, Vonn has a history of looking for the spotlight, having appeared on The Today Show, Access Hollywood, Law & Order, and The Late Show with David Letterman. She also has endorsements, totaling around $2.5 million, from brands such as Head, Oakley, Red Bull, Rolex, and Under Armour.
Not surprisingly, Vonn has a large number of fans, with almost 1 million Twitter followers, and over 1 million followers on Instagram. So it was probably a big surprise to Vonn when her fans took immediate and extreme exception to her snarky comment about Trump, the result of which was a quickly trending hashtag, #BoycottUnderArmour.
Like Kaepernick before her, Vonn found out that Americans have far more affiliation to their President than to some athlete who will soon be forgotten.
As pointed out by Breitbart, Vonn visited the White House several times during Barack Obama’s presidency, including one visit with then-boyfriend, and confessed sex addict, Tiger Woods.
Also noted by Breitbart, Vonn is planning to take part in the 2018 Olympics, which are paid for by American taxpayers, a population who elected Donald Trump as its leader.
Vonn needs to realize that sports, and the Olympics in particular, are venues at which Americans want to come together to have a good time, and root for the same team. For this reason, athletes, like Kaepernick and now Vonn, should stay out of politics and remain focused on winning, which is what they are paid to do.