Anti-Trump Olympian Lindsey Vonn suffers injury in World Cup race

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Two days after she criticized President Trump, Olympian star Lindsey Vonn has withdrawn from her Sunday events at the World Cup in Switzerland after suffering a back injury on Saturday.

Vonn tweeted: “Unfortunately I will not able to race today. I am extremely disappointed but my biggest goal this season is the Olympics and I need to take care of myself now so I can be ready for next week, and more importantly, for February. As always thank you for the well wishes.”

On Saturday, Vonn crossed the finish line and slumped to the snow — her back injury resulted in her placing 24th, trailing 1.56 seconds behind the surprise winner, Jasmine Flury of Switzerland. Vonn stayed in the finish house to be treated, and one hour later limped slowly into a waiting car.

She later tweeted: “Looks like i have an acute facet (spinal joint) dysfunction. I got compressed on the 6th gate and my back seized up. Rested and had a lot of therapy tonight. We will see how I feel tomorrow and then decide if I will race. Thanks for the support”

In another tweet she wrote: “Our doctor checked me out and no imaging is needed  just need the joint and the muscles to calm down so I can move again.”

The two-time Olympic medalist told CNN in an interview Thursday that she would “absolutely not” visit the White House if the United States Olympic team gets a traditional post-games invitation.

“I was asked my opinion and I gave it,” Vonn told reporters Friday. “I mean, it’s not necessarily my place to be sticking my nose in politics, but as an athlete I do have a voice.”

Looking ahead to the Feb. 9-25 Pyeongchang Winter Games in South Korea, Vonn told CNN she hoped “to represent the people of the United States, not the president.”

Though Vonn did not mention Trump by name, the athlete activists she said Friday she admired included Colin Kaepernick. The president has responded to the NFL quarterback by posting confrontational messages on Twitter.

“People like Billie Jean King and Arthur Ashe and Colin Kaepernick,” Vonn said in the post-race interview zone. “There’s definitely been a lot of people that have made their voice heard and made a positive impact.”

“I’m not trying to be negative in any way, I’m trying to be positive,” said the 33-year-old Vonn, whose 77 World Cup race wins leads the women’s all-time list. “All those people have made a positive impact and hopefully my message does as well.”

Vonn told CNN she took the Olympics and “what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony” very seriously.

“I want to represent our country well,” said the 33-year-old skier, who also has seven career world championships medals, including two gold. “I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.”

 

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