If Lindsey Vonn wants to race against the guys. she’ll need a powerful organizational ally to help her achieve that dream.
Lucky for Vonn, the director of US Alpine Skiing is going to bat on her behalf during the upcoming FIS in May. Patrick Riml says he will bring up the topic before FIS officials about allowing Vonn to race in the men’s events– most likely the downhill or Super G.
Vonn told NBC Sports she knows she has a slim to none chance of winning the race but nonetheless wants, “the opportunity to try.” The hope held by the world’s winningest female ski racer is that she’d be able to compete against the men in Lake Louise, a location that’s been a favorite for Vonn over the past decade.
The FIS Women’s Race Director, doesn’t agree with Vonn. Atle Skaardal condemned the event, telling The Denver Post that the result would be a “meaningless comparison” that would ultimately compromise the quality of competition while casting a shadow over other female ski racers. Vonn contends that the only result would be added publicity for a sport who could use the boost in viewership.
Find the entire NBC Sports article here: U.S. Alpine director set to lobby ski officials to let Lindsey Vonn race men