Olympic downhill skier Lindsey Vonn went into the 2018 winter games with a massive chip on her shoulder for President Donald Trump. She made this known on multiple occasions through public verbal attacks toward him, including announcing that she wasn’t representing him at the Olympics, despite being on Team USA. She wore her anti-Trump attitude proud, even incorporating her hate into a custom ski uniform to compete in as “Captain America,” which had a subliminal message that she’s the captain of this country, not Trump.
Vonn was the frontrunner in her sport, having won eight Olympics in a row and going into this one with the same expectation. After spending months of her preparation time spewing divisive message about our president and proving herself to be a loser, she suffered a catastrophic loss in South Korea yesterday. Rather than coming out as the winner, she came in fifth place and realized she was the latest victim of the “Trump Curse.”
The only person Vonn can blame is herself for promoting hate and negativity and bringing that to the slopes which resulted in exactly what results from that kind of mindset. She also chose to ignore the impact that an openly anti-Trump attitude has on athletes by partnering with the NFL who just experienced fan and revenue loss in devastating proportion for this same reason, rather than realizing the same would happen to her. Trashing the president always proves end badly for public people and that’s not Trump’s fault.
Vonn’s first loss coming on the heels of her disrespect and divisiveness is no coincidence. However, just as she was learning of her massive failure in fifth place, she was handed more bad news.
The reality of having lost had to have been a tough one for the ego-centric athlete, but who won the gold in the Super-G race instead of Vonn, makes her failure even better. Beating her at her own sport was the new gold medalist who isn’t even a skier but decided to give it a try. Ester Ledecka from the Czech Republic didn’t even have a pair of skis in South Korea and had to borrow a friend’s when she entered into the Super-G race against Vonn…and ultimately took the gold medal from her.
The Guardian reports of what’s being considered the “biggest upset” in the 2018 Winter Olympics:
Ester Ledecka, the world champion snowboarder from the Czech Republic, delivered one of the biggest upsets in Winter Olympics history on Saturday afternoon, coming out of nowhere to win the women’s super-G by the slimmest of margins as Lindsey Vonn failed to deliver an expected medal in her opening race of the Pyeongchang Games.
Ledecka, who is the first ever athlete to compete in both skiing and snowboarding at the Olympics, finished with a winning time of 1min 21.12sec to pip Austria’s Anna Veith by one-hundredth of a second. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein, who finished 0.11sec off the pace, won the bronze.
“Until today,” Ledecka said, “I thought I was a better snowboarder.”
Veith, the defending Olympic champion in the super-G, was in first after the top 20 racers had completed their runs with a successful defense of her Sochi title all but assured. Indeed, NBC had already named her as the winner before Ledecka’s run and later had to apologize.
The incredible defeat proves that what Vonn is experiencing is a massive case of the “Trump Curse” which everyone back at home in America was quick to “congratulate” her on.
Team USA athletes who have expressed their personal displeasure for President Donald Trump are receiving hateful Tweets, and viewers at home in the United States are telling them they’ve fallen victim to the “Trump curse.”
As USA TODAY first pointed out, Lindsey Vonn received numerous Tweets after stumbling near the finish line at the women’s super-G. The defending bronze medalist finished in fifth place.
Many of the viewers on social media didn’t mourn the disappointing performance by Team USA, nor did they try to console Vonn. Instead, they laughed. They poked fun. They said she fell victim to the ‘Trump curse.’
Before the games, Vonn told CNN she would not visit the White House if she were invited. In addition, she said she was going to the games to represent the people of the United States but not the president. That angered Trump’s support base.
Several athletes have fallen victim to the “curse,” according to social media.
Adam Rippon, who finished tenth in men’s figure skating, has allegedly fallen victim to it after criticizing the selection of Vice President Mike Pence to lead the U.S. Olympic delegation. Rippon is an openly-gay man and said Pence supports gay conversion therapy.
You don’t have to like who is in the White House or have voted for him, but sports is no place for politics. Americans have proven without a shadow of a doubt that they don’t appreciate athletes ruining their sports and entertainment with offensive messages about our country and Commander-in-Chief.