Vonn happy to mix sport and politics ahead of Olympics

United States' Lindsey Vonn speeds down the course during the slalom portion of an alpine ski, women's World Cup combined, in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Lindsey Vonn says she won’t stop expressing political views, though her main goal is regaining the Olympic downhill title.

The ski star says after a World Cup race, “it’s not necessarily my place to be sticking my nose in politics, but as an athlete I do have a voice.”

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

She told CNN she hoped “to represent the people of the United States, not the president” at the Pyeongchang Games in February.

Vonn tells reporters Friday: “I was asked my opinion and I gave it.”

She did not name President Donald Trump, though identified Colin Kaepernick as an athlete activist she admired.

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