CNN recently covered a story regarding Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn’s tweets stating that it didn’t matter what people had to say, she still slept good at night. As women we are looked at differently from men. We are told that we have to be ten times better than the next person because we will end up falling behind someone else. As an athlete this saying is just as if not more important. Unfortunately no matter how hard you work, you don’t always win. This was the case with Lindsey Vonn, who did not receive a medal. Prior to participating Vonn stated that she would not go to the White House upon winning her medal. “Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president.” said Vonn.
Due to this comment, Vonn received hateful messages and tweets from Trump supporters. Many of the comments were life threatening and probably should have really been able to hurt her feelings but Vonn says “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.”
The article goes on to speak about other athletes who too, have experienced bashing via social media. Kim Boutin has been said to have placed all of her social media accounts on private due to the comments that had been made on her page. This article focuses mainly on the peaceful approach taken to responding to the hate comments that the girls received. Throughout the article there are pictures of said athletes competing. Showing these pictures helps the reader to understand the thorough amount of work taken to be an athlete. International Olympic Committe spokesman Mark Adams says: “None of us can control social media and the public has the right to say what they want but we would ask anyone to respect the athletes and respect their work.” Nonetheless, it appears that the female athletes are taking the comments in strife and continuing on with their careers. Guess you could say they’re “unbothered.