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Olympic gold medal skier Maddie Bowman would turn down visit to the White House

Olympic gold medal skier Maddie Bowman says she would turn down visit to the White House after next year's Winter Olympics.
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Olympic gold medalist Maddie Bowman tells Sports Illustrated that does not plan on visiting the White House under the current administration, if she qualifies for next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Team USA traditionally visits the White House as a team following each Summer and Winter Olympics.

“I probably couldn't see myself – if I do get the opportunity to go to the Olympics and therefore get the opportunity to go to the White House. I don't think I could go,” Bowman tells SI's Maggie Gray.

“I'll probably get criticism but I believe what I believe,” Bowman added. “I have my opinions and that's what makes this country great.”

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Bowman won a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in the ski halfpipe. She is just a podium finish away at an Olympic selection event to automatically qualify for PyeongChang.

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