Skier Lindsey Vonn says she'll represent USA at Olympics, not Trump

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Though Vonn traveled to the White House several times during Barack Obama's presidency, including a visit accompanying then-boyfriend Tiger Woods to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2014, do not expect her to accept Donald Trump's congratulations in-person after the 2018 games.

"I want to represent our country well", Vonn explained.

Pyeongchang will be Ms. Vonn's first Games since Vancouver 2010.

Before hanging up her skis, Vonn is also hoping to break the all-time record for World Cup victories.

But she has already revealed that she won't be accepting an invite to the White House, and went as far as to criticise Trump for how he represents America around the globe.

She added that she hopes "to represent the people of the United States, not the president" at the upcoming Winter Olympics.

"I have to win to be invited. No, actually I think every US team member is invited, so no, I won't go".

Asked if she would say yes to a White House invite if she does claim a gold medal in February, Vonn made clear her answer.

Vonn, who has overcome multiple injuries to make what could be her final Winter Olympics at the age of 33, is following in a distinguished line in taking on the President.

The Golden State Warriors notably skipped their White House trip as National Basketball Association champions earlier this year after Trump withdrew his invitation to star Stephen Curry, who had previously announced he didn't want to go.

A number of USA athletes have spoken out against Donald Trump during his presidency - and Colorado skier Lindsey Vonn has become the latest to have her say.

Vonn endured an underwhelming start to the new season, crashing out of last week's opening downhill event at Lake Louise.