England [UK], December 16 (ANI): Lindsey Vonn recently made some critical comments about United States President Donald Trump, but the Olympic skiing sensation is now shocked and hurt by the backlash she has received since her remarks.
American alpine ski racer had earlier, in an interview to a media company, said that she would "absolutely not" visit the White House if invited.
She also said that Trump does not represent America well in the world and she would represent the people of the U.S., not the President.
Vonn took to Instagram to post her response over the criticism she has received since her Trump comments, reports People.
Two-time Olympic medallist sustained a back injury recently and she wrote that people have wished for personal damage on her.
"My recent comments opened up my eyes as to how divided we are right now. It is hurtful to read comments where people are hoping I break my neck or that God is punishing me for being 'anti-Trump'," she wrote.
As I head to France for the next races, I would like to share with you my reflections from the past few days. I've received a tremendous amount of feedback, both positive and negative, about my recent CNN interview. The point that I was trying to articulate is that all Olympic athletes represent their nation as a whole, and are not representatives of their government or any specific political figure or party. None of us work tirelessly for years on end to compete in the Olympics on behalf of Democrats or Republicans. The Olympics are a non-political event, a chance for everyone to put aside their differences and be on the same "team.". That does not mean that Olympic athletes don't have political opinions. As an American, I am extremely proud that our great nation was founded on principals and ideals where citizens can express our opinions openly. It is a privilege that some others around the world don't have. 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. As for myself, my recent comments opened up my eyes as to how divided we are right now. 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. Is it wrong to hope for a better world? All of this is much bigger than skiing and the Olympics. I am going to take the next two months to focus on what I can do and right now that is competing for my country. In doing that, I will be hoping that we Americans can still be that "shining city on a hill."
In her post, Vonn also clarified that by her words, "I would represent the people of the US, not the president", she meant that Olympians represent their nations as a whole, rather than a specific political party, leader or agenda.
Vonn has won four World Cup overall championships-one of only two female skiers to do so. She has also won a record eight World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline. (ANI)