Vonn Wants to Race With the Men

Pho­to Cred­it: Cre­ative Commons

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]