Lindsey Vonn, an American World Cup alpine ski racer on the U.S. Ski Team, is representing Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Vonn has an impressive track record and is considered one of the most accomplished American female ski racers in history.
Despite her serious ski cred, Vonn is taking a beating from internet trolls after placing sixth in the women's super-G event Saturday.
The trolls, who are likely some of the same people who criticized NFL players like Colin Kaepernick for a lack of patriotism when they didn't stand for the National Anthem, seem to have no problem attacking an American athlete during the Olympic games. So where do their true loyalties lie? With the United States or with Donald Trump?
The controversy apparently stems from a statement Vonn made in an interview with CNN in December:
I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president. I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony. I want to represent our country well. I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.
Former U.S. women's soccer captain Julie Foudy saw the nasty tweets and voiced her support for Vonn:
I just spent last 20 min's reading thru tweets directed at @lindseyvonn. Sickened & disgusted once again by the lack of humanity that engulfs our country. She just raced her damn heart out & Trump supporters gloat/cheer/celebrate her inability to medal. Is this what we've become?— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) February 17, 2018
Vonn responded that she isn't phased by the haters:
Some people wished Vonn physical harm, but others stepped up to support her:
You always be a champion, Lindsey. No matter what people says, your name is in the Olympic History, your legacy to Alpine Skiing is incredible!— Esporte pelo Juva (@EsportePeloJuva) February 17, 2018
We are so proud of you lindsay. You are an amazing person and represent the best of who we are.— don corbeil (@DWCorbeil) February 17, 2018
Way to take the high road! I’m proud to have my daughter watch you ski!— Stephen Rapp (@stephenrapp) February 17, 2018
H/T: Huffington Post