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Lindsey Vonn Asks Permission To Race In Men’s Downhill At Lake Louise

Lindsey Vonn

Shades of Billie Jean King (if you’re old enough to remember the tennis “battle of the sexes”). Now, American superstar Lindsey Vonn – who already has won on the Lake Louise women’s downhill course 10 times – wants a shot at the men.


Vonn has written to the International Ski Federation (FIS) requesting permission to enter the men’s World Cup downhill Nov. 24 at the Alberta ski area. That is a week before the women are set to race there.


The matter was reportedly discussed during FIS meeting in Zurich, but a decision is not expected until November.


“It’s necessary to go through the rules to see if there is a way to do this and also a reason to do it,” Atle Skaardal, Women’s World Cup race director told Reuters.


“It’s complicated because no racer is supposed to ski on a race course a week prior to his or her own competition,” he said. “If Lindsey Vonn could train and compete with the men in November, she would have a huge advantage on her rivals the following week during the women’s races on the same course.”


There is one possible solution: Allow Vonn to race against the men and then agree to sit out the women’s race the following week.


One thing is for sure: The international attention to ski racing the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend would be enormous if Vonn was allowed to compete. But, FIS is generally a bit on the stodgy side, so don’t set your TIVO yet.



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