American Olympic ski racer Lindsey Vonn suffered a back injury on Saturday during a super-G race at the St. Moritz resort in Switzerland.
Vonn let her fans know she would not participate in the following race on Sunday.
“Unfortunately I will not be able to race today," Vonn tweeted Sunday. “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.”
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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
Vonn later explained she has “acute facet (spinal joint) dysfunction" and her back “seized up” during the race.
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
Her injury came two days after she publicly criticized President Trump during a CNN interview. During the interview, she said does not support President Trump and she would not visit the White House to meet President Trump if she was ever invited.
"Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president," Vonn said to CNN’s Christina MacFarlane.
After her appearance on CNN, the two-time Olympic medalist stood behind her views on the president during a news conference at a World Cup race last Friday.
"I was asked my opinion and I gave it," Vonn said to reporters Friday. "I mean, it's not necessarily my place to be sticking my nose in politics, but as an athlete I do have a voice, she added.”
While she has received many well wishes and support from her fans and fellow athletes, Trump supporters, however, are taking to Twitter to celebrate her injury because they believe she was being “un-American” during the interview. Some are labeling her incident as “instant karma” and are using the hashtag “TrumpCurse.”
Trump supporters react to Lindsey Vonn back injury
Gee...What a shame ! As a rule, I would never wish injury upon any decent person. However, every rule has an exception, and @lindseyvonn has proven to be something less than a decent person ! #MAGA ??https://t.co/jnsMHrE34L— Dash Riprock (@PhilMcCrackin44) December 10, 2017
?#KARMA ?— Patriot Drew ??? (@Patriot_Drew) December 10, 2017
As Colin Kaepernick Search’s 4 Work In Unemployment Line, Lindsey Vonn Decides 2 Follow Suite By Insulting Half Of The American People.??
You Don’t Want Us, We Don’t Need You. ✌???#TrumpCurse ✔️#SundayMorning ☀️#BoycottUnderArmour ? pic.twitter.com/oyIrXrLhdh
I'm getting superstitious https://t.co/gIkGciKODD— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) December 10, 2017
Lindsey Vonn has learned a very hard lesson.— CC (@ChristiChat) December 10, 2017
Karma is only a bitch,
if you are.
And @realDonaldTrump is still our President.
PS-You don’t represent the American people.#MAGA
Instant Karma!— Trump Super PAC ?? (@TrumpSuperPAC) December 11, 2017
Lindsey Vonn Injured in Super-G Race After Trump Remarks! https://t.co/bjHVniDNfu
Daaaaw!! Poor Linds. Did not understand the TRUMP BOOMERANG EFFECT ???— Bryonny*Merry Christmas*☃️?✨ (@BryonnyM) December 11, 2017
Merry Christmas, @lindseyvonn ✨?✨
Maybe NEXT time ? Not a #Patriot at the #WinterGames #StandWithTrump #Christmas #Jerusalem #HumanRightsDay #FakeNewsMedia https://t.co/KqzqsIxvpa
You should be happy the #Trumpcurse took it easy on you. Apologize to @realDonaldTrump and perhaps your efforts will not be cursed. We want you to win, not go down in the infamy of an #antitrump vessel. God Bless!https://t.co/VLKiFbSCkN— ChooseSafetyFirst (@ChzSafetyFirst) December 9, 2017
U.S. Olympic ski racer Lindsey Vonn, 33, has participated in three Olympics and has won two Olympic medals. She plans to make a speedy recovery so she can continue her pursuit of an Olympic medal during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.