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Four-time women’s World Cup champion and five-time downhill title holder Lindsey Vonn is petitioning for a new challenge. Vonn has issued a request with the FIS to compete in the men’s downhill race in Lake Louise, Alberta on November 24th.
Vonn told The New York Times, “Annika Sorenstam did it in golf and paved the way for women. I’m not asking for World Cup points. I’m not asking for any of that. I just want the chance to compete.”
The week after the men’s competition, the women’s first speed events will take place on the same course. If Vonn is allowed to compete with the men, it could be seen as an unfair advantage, giving her a run at the course earlier than the other women. Vonn has said she’d forego two of the practice runs at Lake Louise as a way of leveling the playing field. The FIS will make a decision on Vonn’s request when they meet on November 3rd and 4th.
[Via: The New York Times]