Lindsey Vonn asks permission to enter men's downhill at Lake LouiseTweet
Lindsey Vonn is apparently looking for a new challenge.
The four-time World Cup overall champion sent a letter to the FIS asking permission to enter a men’s downhill race so she can enhance the image of women’s alpine skiing, reports Reuters.
Vonn sent a letter to men’s race director Gunter Hujara, asking him about the possibility of competing in the men’s downhill at Lake Louise.
“We have been talking about it but no decision has been taken yet, it’s a matter that the FIS Council has to examine during its next meeting in November,” said Norway’s Atle Skaardal, the women’s World Cup race director. ”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.”
Vonn has won 53 World Cup events, including 26 downhills and became the fourth woman to win all five disciplines of modern alpine ski racing.
“It’s complicated because no racer is supposed to ski on a race course a week prior to his or her own competition. 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,” Skaardal said.
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