Though Annika Sorenstam understands how unhealthy the riots and rebellion on the U.S. Capitol had been on Jan. 6, the World Golf Hall of Famer mentioned she has no regrets about accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump the very subsequent day.
Sorenstam, along with Gary Player, accepted the country’s highest civilian honor on Jan. 7 behind closed doorways — one thing that didn’t sit properly with many, contemplating the lethal, chaotic occasions that occurred lower than 24 hours prior.
“Looking back, I don’t second-guess. I like to look forward, not spend energy on what could have been,” Sorenstam mentioned Tuesday, via The Golf Channel. “It’s all about opening doors. That’s one thing I’ve learned. I’ve heard from a lot of people – you can imagine, a lot of opinions, a lot of comments. I hear clearly what those people say. I know they see it differently. But I listen and I embrace them all.”
‘I don’t need to spend any power trying again’
Sorenstam and Player are simply the newest within the sports activities world to obtain the Medal of Freedom from Trump, becoming a member of Tiger Woods, wrestling icon Dan Gable and faculty soccer coach Lou Holtz, amongst others.
Given Sorenstam’s accomplishments within the sport, it’s simple to see why she was awarded the medal.
The Sweden native, who has since turn into an American citizen, gained 72 occasions on the LPGA — together with 10 main championships and back-to-back wins on the U.S. Women’s Open in 1995 and 1996. She turned the primary girl within the sport to shoot beneath 60 in 2001, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003.
It was the timing of the ceremony, nevertheless, that drew harsh condemnation.
A violent pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol lower than 24 hours earlier than Sorenstam acquired her medal in an effort to try to overturn the outcomes of the Presidential election. Five individuals had been killed within the assaults, together with a Capitol Police officer — who was struck within the head with a fireplace extinguisher.
The House of Representatives have since impeached Trump a second time over the rebellion, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) mentioned Tuesday that the mob was “provoked by the president and other powerful people,” per The New York Times.
Trump supplied the medal of freedom to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick after the Capitol attacks, too, though Belichick declined.
While she known as Jan. 6 a “dark day in America’s history,” Sorenstam is simply making an attempt to maneuver on.
“Well, I’m not one to second-guess,” Sorenstam mentioned, via The Golf Channel. “It was supposed to be in March 2020, and looking back at it, it’s just really about the people who have received it through history. I don’t want to spend any energy looking back, I like to spend energy looking forward, continue to open doors, create opportunities for the young girls around the world.”
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