Lindsey Vonn Won’t Get to Ski Against MenBy Steve Casimiro on November 5th, 2012
Lindsey Vonn’s request to compete in a men’s World Cup downhill race at Lake Louise, Alberta, on November 24 has been rejected by the FIS. In a statement released this weekend, ski racing’s governing body “confirmed that one gender is not entitled to participate in races of the other.” FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis said, “It’s very clear. It’s called the men’s World Cup and the ladies’ World Cup. The men race the men’s World Cup and the ladies race the ladies’ World Cup. FIS and World Cup points are not transferrable from one circuit to another.” Vonn has earned nine of her 26 World Cup downhill victories in Lake Louise, which is often dubbed “Lake Lindsey” for her dominance there. Beyond the letdown for Vonn, others see it as narrow-minded: Alpine Canada president Max Gartner said he sees it as a missed opportunity to “attract interest from people who do not normally follow ski racing, particularly in North America.” Via Washington Post.
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