Wingnuts celebrate the injury of one of our most talented athletes…. (More)
“Unfortunately I will not be able to race today”
Even if you don’t follow skiing, you’ve probably seen Lindsey Vonn. She’s been a featured face in Team USA adds on NBC Sports and the Olympic Channel for years. That’s partly because she’s photogenic — and mostly because she is the Serena Williams of alpine skiing. As in … The Greatest Of All Time:
In January , she broke Annemarie Moser-Proell’s record of 36 world cup downhill wins, while also breaking the record for most wins at one venue (14 in Cortina, Italy). Vonn already holds the record for super-G wins with 27. With her third place in super-G in early February, she broke the record for most super-G podium placings, now with 43. And with a second place last week at the downhill in La Thuile, Italy, Vonn secured the season-long downhill title and became the first skier, male or female, to win 20 crystal globes.
The Alpine Ski Database currently has her #2 all-time on their Super Rankings – male and female – just 4 points behind the legendary Ingemar Stenmark. She’ll pass Stenmark if she wins even a single race in this year’s Olympics or World Cup series. Her 286.1 points almost equal the career totals of Bode Miller (175.85) and Ted Liggety (134.6) combined. All that despite missing the 2014 season with a knee injury and most of last season with a broken arm.
But she’s had a rough start to the 2017-2018 campaign. Two weeks ago she had the fastest qualifiying time in the downhill at Lake Louise, the World Cup season opener, but fell in the finals. She wasn’t injured then, but she fell again this weekend during the super-G at St. Moritz:
Looks like i have an acute facet (spinal joint) dysfunction. I got compressed on the 6th gate and my back seized up. Rested and had a lot of therapy tonight. We will see how I feel tomorrow and then decide if I will race. Thanks for the support 🙏🏻
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) December 9, 2017
Our @usskiteam doctor checked me out and no imaging is needed 🙌🏻 just need the joint and the muscles to calm down so I can move again.
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) December 9, 2017
Unfortunately I will not be able to race today. I am extremely disappointed but my biggest goal this season is the Olympics and I need to take care of myself now so I can be ready for next week, and more importantly, for February. As always, thank you for the well wishes ❤️🙏🏻
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) December 10, 2017
“I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president”
And conservatives are celebrating – as you’ll see if you read the replies to her tweets – because she had the gall to say she hopes to ski in February for the United States of America and not the United States of Trump:
Targeting Olympic gold at February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Vonn is in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where she spoke passionately about what it means to compete for the US ski team.
“Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” Vonn told CNN’s Alpine Edge.
“I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony,” she added.
“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.”
That prompted a turned-on-its-ear response from the Outhouse Sewer Spewer:
Frankly those who do not want to represent our country says a lot more about their character than it does the president’s. The president is very proud to represent this country. He’s very proud to be an American.
Yes, really. If you “hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president” … then you “do not want to represent our country.” Because, apparently, this is the United States of Trump.
It’s not just idiots on Twitter. Fox News’ original headline directly linked her injury to her criticism of the God-King:
Fox News ran an article Sunday implying that American skiing star Lindsey Vonn’s back injury at the World Cup was somehow tied to her remarks days earlier criticizing President Donald Trump.
The byline-free story, originally called “Lindsey Vonn suffers back injury in World Cup race after Trump comments,” seemed to suggest there is a connection between Vonn’s indirect insults of Trump and the injury she suffered Saturday during a super-G race in Switzerland. Vonn’s anti-Trump comments turned her into an immediate target for right-wing media and for some Trump supporters online who said the two-time Olympic medalist deserved the injury.
“American skiing star Lindsey Vonn has withdrawn from her Sunday events at the World Cup in Switzerland after suffering a back injury during a super-G race on Saturday. The injury occurred two days after she criticized President Donald Trump in an interview about the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea,” the Fox News story says.
The article later spends several paragraphs recapping Vonn’s Trump slams from interviews she gave Thursday and Friday.
Fox later changed the headline and deleted the original tweets, but the content of their story hasn’t changed. And they brought on analcyst Tomi Lahren to drive the God-King Uber Alles point home:
Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren blasted Vonn and suggest the athlete had insulted Trump’s supporters.
“What about the Americans who are Trump supporters that voted for President Donald Trump? Are we not Americans? Does she not want to represent us?” Lahren said on “Fox & Friends Weekend.”
Other wingnut outlets, such as the Washington Examiner, followed suit.
We have become a nation where people celebrate the injury of one of our most talented athletes – the greatest alpine skier of all time – impugning her patriotism because she dared to criticize the God-King. For them, he is not merely “the President of the United States.” He is “the United States,” full stop.
And that’s why I call him the God-King.
Photo Credit: Reuters
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