As US President Donald Trump welcomed the Olympic athletes to the White House on Friday to honour them for representing their country at the 2018 Winter games, there were two noticeable high-profile athletes not in attendance.
Missing from the event, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy and figure skater Adam Rippon.
“Olympians from the 2018 Games have been invited to go to the White House today. I will not be going. I will not stand with people who discriminate against those that they perceive as different. In lieu of going to DC, I have donated to a few of my favorite causes,” Rippon tweeted.
While Kenworthy shared his views on Thursday, saying:
“All US Olympians and Paralympians are invited to visit the White House and meet the President after the Games. Today is this year’s visit and USOC spokesperson says he’s never seen so many athletes turn down their invites. The resistance is real.”