Trolls, including some of President Donald Trump’s supporters, tweetedhateful messages at the 33-year-old four-time Olympian after she placed sixth in the women’s super-G event. Their comments were in apparent retaliation for Vonn’s criticism of Trumplast month.
Julie Foudy, the former U.S. women’s national soccer team captain, spotted the offensive tweets and shared this message of support for Vonn:
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 replied that “not everyone has to like me but my family loves me and I sleep well at night.”
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
“I work hard and try to be the best person I can be,” Vonn added. “If they don’t like me, their loss I guess.”
Her measured response to the critics earned plenty of praise:
You always be a champion, Lindsey. No matter what people says, your name is in the Olympic History, your legacy to Alpine Skiing is incredible!— Esporte pelo Juva (@EsportePeloJuva) February 17, 2018
I love you hun! 😍😍😍— Marek Szkolnikowski (@mszkolnikowski) February 17, 2018
Vonn said it was “frustrating” to lose out in the super-G event, but she was “proud of the way” she “attacked the course.” Czech athlete Ester Ledecka won a surprise gold.
Frustrating to be so close to the podium and to have made such a big mistake...but that’s ski racing. I’m proud of the way I skied and how I attacked the course. I gave it my all and came up short. That’s life. Now it’s on to the Downhill! 💪🏻— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) February 17, 2018
Vonn still has another shot at glory in thedownhill and alpine combinedevents.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.