The International Ski Federation will decide during next week’s meeting in Switzerland whether Lindsey Vonn should be racing against men for this year’s World Cup title. While the event could turn out benefic for the sports competition, the federation cannot accept Vonn’s request to compete in the women’s downhill season-opener that will be held on the same course, according to Reuters.
Lindsey Vonn has enough talent and ambition to become an international ski champion. The fact that the 28-year-old speed queen has expressed her wish to take part in men’s season-opening downhill on November 24 in the Canadian Rockies, has contributed to her good reputation.
Vonn’s initiative was also praised by Alpine Canada president Max Gartner, who told reporters during a press conference on Tuesday that having a sports woman compete against men skiers could draw people’s interest in ski. “That is what the sport needs, stories that are bigger than the sport itself,” Gartner added.
However, there are several aspects that need to be solved before the president of Alpine Canada can add Lindsey’s name on the start list. Vonn declared that she would only race the men’s World Cup downhill at Lake Louise if organizers allowed her to take part in the women’s season-opener which is due to take place next weekend. Her request contravenes the International Ski Federation rules, according to which, racers are not allowed to ski on the race course a week prior to their competition.
During the meeting that will be held in Switzerland on November 3-4, the rule will be subject to a review because sports event organizers think new modifications should be enacted. According to Gartner, the laws dominating the sports competition world are not as strict as the other ones, so the decision could be in Vonn’s favor.
Lindsey has been on the Lake Louis course several times before, which is why she is not afraid of raising the stake by competing against men. There is another limit she would like to push before she retires, that is, to race Kitzbuehel. Former contestants, including Canadian downhiller Brian Stemmle who was fatally injured on Kitzbuehel, suggested her to remove this item from her bucket list as the course is too dangerous for her.