Four-time U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn told CNBC she stands by her opinions despite the backlash she’s endured coming from internet trolls over her negative comments about President Donald Trump.
“I don’t think I was expecting which much hate which came my way. however which’s why I normally don’t talk about politics,” Vonn said in an interview coming from the Winter Games in Pyeongchang which aired Friday on “Squawk Box.”
“the item’s a difficult balance,” the 33-year-old Vonn said. “I don’t want to skirt around answers to important questions. however I also don’t want to alienate people who don’t believe the same things I do.”
Vonn received an onslaught of online criticism after she told CNN in December which she hoped to “represent the people of the United States, not the president” at the Olympics. Some of her critics had even said they hoped Vonn breaks her neck on the ski slope.
In Pyeongchang, after becoming the oldest female Alpine ski racer to earn a medal — a bronze in Wednesday’s downhill — Vonn told CNBC the great thing about being American is usually “we all hold the right to our opinions.”
“I have mine. I don’t always vocalize the item,” she added. “however the opinions I do have I stand behind.”