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Trump fans cheer Lindsey Vonn's injury

Associated Press

Associated Press

Skiier Lindsey Vonn sustained a serious back injury while competing in an Olympics tune-up race in Switzerland on Saturday. 

Vonn, 33, a decorated United States Olympian and a Twin Cities native, completed her run but then laid on the snow in obvious pain. Vonn updated her Twitter followers on the extent of the injury later Saturday.

For her sake, let's hope Vonn's tuning out the vast majority of her replies.

In an interview last week, Vonn was asked how she'd feel competing for a United States with Donald Trump in the White House. Vonn answered that she thinks of herself as representing the country, not its president; asked if she would attend the White House if invited, Vonn replied "definitely not."

This instantly turned the Olympic hopeful (and 2010 gold medalist) into a pariah among Trump supporters... who, on Saturday, could not wait to celebrate Vonn's injury, as any good Christian American patriot would.

Can't argue with that last one. Can't even understand it.

Vonn's story was also covered locally, with TV stations KARE 11, WCCO, and KSTP posting about her injuries to their Facebook accounts. How do you suppose that went?

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Vonn tweeted an update Sunday, saying she would skip a (later-canceled) race today, writing: "I need to take care of myself now so I can be ready for next week and, more importantly, for February," a reference to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Vonn missed 2014 Olypmic qualifying due to a knee injury, and this back problem is cropping-up just six weeks before U.S. qualifiers.

Injuries sustained by the United States have yet to be fully diagnosed, though all experts are predicting a very long and painful rehabilitation.