It’s been a decade now that Lindsey Vonn’s request to compete against men in racing had been rejected by International Ski Racing Official. But it seems Vonn might get her chance to race against men in the following year in men’s World Cup Alpine race.
An American World Cup alpine ski racer, Lindsey Vonn plays for the US Ski Team and has won 4 overall World Cup championships so far and 77 won 77 World Cup races in her career through February 6, 2016. She has won World Cups in all five categories of alpine skiing.
The sport’s global governing body F.I.S said on Wednesday that they would consider Vonn’s proposal to allow her enter the men’s downhill race at the meeting to be held in October 5th in Zurich.
At the questioning of her entering in to the men’s race, Vonn admitted that she doesn’t know how fare she would perform.
“That’s part of why I want to do it,” she said in an interview in March. “And the male racers I talk with agree that it would bring a lot of attention to ski racing. So why not try it?”
Vonn trains regularly with men from various ski teams on downhill courses. As per the unofficial records of her runs, Vonn is often found to finish ahead of her male colleagues. But then competing against world’s top ranked male skaters would be something interesting to watch.
The United States Ski and Snowboard Association is submitting Vonn’s request to enter the men’s downhill event in late 2018 at the Canadian resort of Lake Louise, where Vonn has won 18 races on the women’s circuit. A spokesman for the U.S.S.A. said it was not asking for a change in F.I.S. rules or bylaws but rather for “a one-time opportunity” for Vonn, who has won more World Cup races than any other woman.