During an interview that aired on CNN last week, Lindsey Vonn let it be known that, while she’s proud to represent the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, she’s not going to be representing Donald Trump when she hits the slopes.

"I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the President," Vonn said. "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."

Not surprisingly, many Trump supporters have fired back at Vonn in the aftermath of her comments, and on Tuesday she took to Instagram to describe some of the "hurtful" messages. Vonn said some have sent messages about how they are "hoping I break my neck." Others have told her the recent back injury she sustained while preparing for the Olympics in Switzerland is a direct result of her anti-Trump sentiments. "God is punishing me for being 'anti-Trump,'" is one message Vonn said she has received over and over again.

But despite the backlash, Vonn seems to be sticking by her original comments. She even attempted to clarify them further in her IG post.

 

As I head to France for the next races, I would like to share with you my reflections from the past few days. I've received a tremendous amount of feedback, both positive and negative, about my recent CNN interview. The point that I was trying to articulate is that all Olympic athletes represent their nation as a whole, and are not representatives of their government or any specific political figure or party. None of us work tirelessly for years on end to compete in the Olympics on behalf of Democrats or Republicans. The Olympics are a non-political event, a chance for everyone to put aside their differences and be on the same "team.". That does not mean that Olympic athletes don't have political opinions. As an American, I am extremely proud that our great nation was founded on principals and ideals where citizens can express our opinions openly. It is a privilege that some others around the world don't have. I am proud to be an American, and I want our country to continue to be a symbol of hope, compassion, inclusion and world unity. My travels around the world have recently made clear that this is no longer how people view the United States. You cannot pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV in Europe without noticing how people are questioning our direction. It seems to me that we must lead with understanding and strive for unity in our relationships throughout the world. As for myself, my recent comments opened up my eyes as to how divided we are right now. It is hurtful to read comments where people are hoping I break my neck or that God is punishing me for being "anti-Trump." We need to find a way to put aside our differences and find common ground in communicating. Is it wrong to hope for a better world? All of this is much bigger than skiing and the Olympics. I am going to take the next two months to focus on what I can do and right now that is competing for my country. In doing that, I will be hoping that we Americans can still be that "shining city on a hill."

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"The point that I was trying to articulate is that all Olympic athletes represent their nation as a whole and are not representatives of their government or any specific political figure or party," she wrote. "I am proud to be an American, and I want our country to be a symbol of hope, compassion, inclusion, and world unity. My travels around the world have recently made clear that this is no longer how people view the United States…It seems to me that we must lead with understanding and strive for unity in our relationships throughout the world."

Vonn has already said she will not visit the White House if she wins a gold medal during the Olympics in February.