Lindsey Vonn has let it be known for sometime now that she would like to race against the men. But, on Sunday, an official from the International Ski Federation (FIS) said her proposition is a “very difficult challenge.”
Atle Skaardal, FIS chief race director for women’s Alpine events, said the following about Vonn’s latest bid in a press release:
“It will be a very difficult challenge to find a reasonable way of doing this because one point that everyone is underestimating is that we need to have equal rights for everyone,” said Skaardal. “So if the ladies are allowed to race with the men, then also the men need to be authorized to ski with the ladies, and I’m not sure this is a direction we want to go.”
Vonn, has been asking to compete against men since 2012, but her requests have yet to be seriously considered. In 2012, it was stated by the federation that “one gender is not entitled to participate in races of the other.”
The FIS will consider Vonn’s most latest request at the organization’s Autumn meetings in Zurich in early October.
In January, Vonn who has won a remarkable 77 World Cup wins—the most of any female skier—told the Denver post in an extensive interview:
“I know I’m not going to win, but I would like to at least have the opportunity to try [to compete against men],” she said in the interview. “I think I’ve won enough World Cup races. I should have enough respect within the industry to be able to have that opportunity.”