It’s always good to plan ahead, but sometimes, mouths have a way of making promises the body just can’t cash. And, well, karma can be a real moody female dog.
Take U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn’s vow, for example.
In a December 7th interview with CNN, Vonn stated that she would not go to the White House to celebrate the Olympics. Moreover, Vonn said that she did not represent Trump. Instead, the skier claimed that she represented the “people of the United States.”
“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,” Vonn told CNN.
When asked if she would accept an invitation to meet with Trump at the White House, Vonn did not hold back.
“Absolutely not. Nope. But I have to win to be invited….”
Olympic athletes don’t actually, but a funny thing happened on Vonn’s way to the White House. She failed to medal in any downhill skiing event.
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.”
Oops. Karma, baby, and don’t think the American people didn’t notice. Vonn, by her words, claimed to want to represent the people, but not the way of life that binds us together. She specifically dissed the people’s choice for president. And the online platforms were full of deplorables’ reactions to Vonn’s failure in South Korea.
“Lindsey Vonn is the latest to suffer from ‘Trump Effect’. Should keep your mouth shut and race. Don’t insult us,’ said one Trump supporter.
“Karma is a mo fo. Glad to see you lose. You’re an anti-American,’ said another.
“Karma will always bite you… that’s what you get for trying to get political when you should have just focused on the Olympics.
‘Tisk tisk, but hey, now you don’t have to worry about not going to the White House! Only winners go to the White House!”
Which all goes to prove that even at the Olympic level a mouth can get a person into trouble.
And, yes, karma will bite, and bite hard.