Maybe Vonn should stick to sports and stay out of politics.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Lindsey Vonn has been assailed on Twitter after failing to medal in super-G at Pyeongchang Olympics.
The backlash started minutes after Lindsey Vonn skidded to a stop past the finish line at the Jeongseon Alpine Center on Saturday and mouthed “I tried.”
The most successful women’s Alpine skier in history tied for sixth in the super-G at the Pyeongchang Olympics after a mistake during a turn late in her run.
Posts assailing Vonn and celebrating the unexpected result quickly flooded Twitter, most of them tied to comments she made about President Trump last year.
“Losers gonna lose.”
“Did God just give her a little nudge off course?”
“Hope you break a leg or two.”
“Happy to see a traitor of the USA defeated.”
Many of the tweets were profane, threatening or both. They cited karma; hoped she suffered an injury; wished she would lose again; used the #MAGA hashtag, short for Trump’s pledge to “Make America Great Again.”
What prompted such a vicious, gleeful response? During an interview with CNN in St. Moritz, Switzerland, in December, Vonn was asked how she would feel competing in the Olympics for a country led by Trump.
“I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” Vonn answered. “I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony. You know, I want to represent our country well, and I don’t think there are a lot of people currently in our government who do that.”
Would she accept an invitation to the White House if she won a gold medal?
“Absolutely not,” Vonn told CNN.
No worries Ms. Vonn, it doesn’t appear an invite is forthcoming.