Many U.S. Winter Olympians opt out of White House visit

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The 2018 U.S. Winter Olympic and Paralympic groups have been invited to visit the White House on Friday morning and meet with President Donald Trump, however some of the most important names who competed in South Korea might be lacking. 

Of the 242 Winter Olympians and seventy four Paralympians (316 complete athletes) who competed in Pyeongchang simply two months in the past, the Chicago Tribune reviews solely about 200 athletes are anticipated to make the journey to the White House.

Alpine skiers Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin, snowboarders Shaun White and Chloe Kim, determine skaters Adam Rippon, Gus Kenworthy and Mirai Nagasu are amongst some of probably the most properly-recognized athletes who’ve determined not attend the occasion for numerous causes, based on the Tribune and USA As we speak. 

Some of the names — resembling Vonn, Rippon and Kenworthy — have been vocal about their political views earlier than the Winter Olympics began with Rippon, who’s brazenly homosexual, getting right into a feud  with Vice President Mike Pence over homosexual rights.

“I used to be not going or planning on going (to the White House) anyway. I’ve been invited to so many unimaginable issues, to the Human Rights Marketing campaign dinner, the GLAAD Media Awards. I used to be so honored and so excited to go to these, extra so than I might be to go to the White House,” Rippon stated. “It is necessary for me to align myself with these individuals who have the identical beliefs that I’ve.”

Apart from political views, there are different causes given for why some of the athletes won’t attend the White House occasion as Nagasu is one of 4 Olympians taping “Dancing with the Stars.” Opening ceremony flag bearer Erin Hamlin stated she goes to visit Johns Hopkins Youngsters’s Middle on Friday morning as an alternative.

Though some of Staff USA’s most recognizable names have chosen to not attend, some of the most important medal winners shall be there. The U.S. ladies’s hockey staff, the lads’s curling group and snowboarder Pink Gerard are amongst these anticipated to visit the White House.

Friday will mark the primary time Olympians have visited since Trump took workplace in January 2017.