(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - The Twitter trolls were out after Lindsey Vonn finished in a disappointing tie for sixth-place in the super-G on Saturday.
Vonn received considerable backlash on social media and at least some of it had a political flavor. The skier said in an interview in December that she would "absolutely not" visit the White House if the U.S. Olympic team received a traditional post-games invitation.
The social media vitriol led some to come to Vonn's defense, including Julie Foudy, who played for the U.S. women's soccer team and is now an analyst for ESPN.
I just spent last 20 min's reading thru tweets directed at @lindseyvonn. Sickened & disgusted once again by the lack of humanity that engulfs our country. She just raced her damn heart out & Trump supporters gloat/cheer/celebrate her inability to medal. Is this what we've become?
— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) February 17, 2018
Vonn seemed to take the criticism in stride. She'll get another chance to medal in the downhill race on Wednesday.
It’s ok Julie. Not everyone has to like me but my family loves me and I sleep well at night. I work hard and try to be the best person I can be. If they don’t like me their loss I guess... Thank you for the support https://t.co/EaySJE7QAe
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) February 17, 2018
U.S. ski jumper Lindsey Van - who has a similar name as Vonn - responded to Foudy that she's even had a taste of social media backlash.
It's gross. I have been mistakenly getting her hate mail for weeks!
— Lindsey Van (@lindseyvan) February 17, 2018
The downhill is Vonn's best event. She won three World Cup downhills in a row before heading to South Korea.
"In general, this season, I feel like I've been much better in downhill than super-G. And this hill suits me really well for downhill, also," Vonn said. "I'm confident for the downhill."