US Olympian deletes selfie with Ivanka Trump: ‘I was tired of reading the hate’

U.S. Olympic bobsledder Lauren Gibbs refuses to give a platform to hate.

The 33-year-old athlete won a silver medal with Elana Meyers Taylor in the women’s bobsleigh event at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. But this week, she faced an online backlash over a selfie she took with senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump at the Games.

Gibbs snapped a shot of herself with President Donald Trump’s daughter and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who were in South Korea as part of the U.S. delegation for the closing ceremony.

The post sparked accusations that Gibbs’ agreed with the White House’s policies. She also faced criticism for allowing Trump to wear her silver medal.

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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump poses for a selfie with Lauren Gibbs as they attend the 4-man Boblseigh on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump poses for a selfie with Lauren Gibbs as they attend the 4-man Boblseigh on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump poses for a selfie with Lauren Gibbs as they attend the 4-man Boblseigh on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump (L) talks to women's bobsleigh silver medallist Lauren Gibbs at the 4-man bobsleigh heat 3 run during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Olympic Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump (L) talks to women's bobsleigh silver medallist Lauren Gibbs at the 4-man bobsleigh heat 3 run during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Olympic Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump and Lauren Gibbs attend the 4-man Boblseigh on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump (2nd R) poses for a photo on a balcony of the VIP tent at the Olympic sliding centre with US army luge athletes Taylor Morris (L) and Matt Mortensen (2nd L), and US womens bobsleigh silver medallist Lauren Gibbs (R) before the ski jump tower at the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump (C) poses with women's bobsleigh silver medallists Lauren Gibbs (L) and Elana Meyers Taylor at the 4-man bobsleigh during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Olympic Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump (2nd R) poses for a photo on a balcony of the VIP tent at the Olympic sliding centre with US army luge athletes Taylor Morris (L) and Matt Mortensen (2nd L), and US womens bobsleigh silver medallist Lauren Gibbs (R) before the ski jump tower at the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump (L) holds the medal of US womens bobsleigh silver medalist Lauren Gibbs before the ski jump tower, at the Olympic Sliding Centre during the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump (2nd R) poses for a photo on a balcony of the VIP tent at the Olympic sliding centre with US Army Luge athletes Taylor Morris (L) and Matt Mortensen (2nd L), and US womens bobsleigh silver medalist Lauren Gibbs (R) before the ski jump tower, during the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump (L) holds the medal of US womens bobsleigh silver medalist Lauren Gibbs (R) before the ski jump tower, at the Olympic Sliding Centre during the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump (2nd R) poses for a photo on a balcony of the VIP tent at the Olympic sliding centre with US Army Luge athletes Taylor Morris (L) and Matt Mortensen (2nd L), and US womens bobsleigh silver medalist Lauren Gibbs (R) before the ski jump tower, during the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump and Team USA bobsled silver medalist Lauren Gibbs pose on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Photo by Eric Gaillard-Pool/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump and Team USA bobsled silver medalist Lauren Gibbs pose on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Photo by Eric Gaillard-Pool/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump looks at the silver medal of bobsledder Lauren Gibbs of the United States on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Photo by Eric Gaillard-Pool/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump and Team USA bobsled silver medalist Lauren Gibbs pose on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Photo by Eric Gaillard-Pool/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump looks at the silver medal of bobsledder Lauren Gibbs of the United States on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Photo by Eric Gaillard-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump (L) holds the silver medal of US womens bobsleigh silver medalist Lauren Gibbs (R) before the ski jump tower, at the Olympic Sliding Centre during the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD (Photo credit should read ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Bobsledder Lauren Gibbs of the United States shows her silver medal to Ivanka Trump on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Photo by Eric Gaillard-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump (L) holds the silver medal of US womens bobsleigh silver medalist Lauren Gibbs (R) before the ski jump tower, at the Olympic Sliding Centre during the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD (Photo credit should read ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump (2nd R) poses for a photo on a balcony of the VIP tent at the Olympic sliding centre with US army luge athletes Taylor Morris (L) and Matt Mortensen (2nd L), and US womens bobsleigh silver medallist Lauren Gibbs (R) before the ski jump tower at the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD (Photo credit should read ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump and Lauren Gibbs attend the 4-man Boblseigh on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
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Gibbs defended the photograph and stated in subsequent tweets that she’d just been conducting herself “in a way that I would want to be treated”:

As for allowing Trump to try on the medal, Gibbs explained:

On Tuesday, Gibbs announced she had deleted the selfie because: “I was tired of reading the hate being thrown back and forth.”

The image’s removal from Twitter sparked another wave of anger, with many Trump supporters accusing Gibbs of caving in to liberal pressure. Gibbs did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment, but she again defended her decision online:

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