18th of January 2017 Author: Johnny Karp
American skier Lindsey Vonn, one of the most successful female skiers in history, has renewed her desire to race against men. That race would take place at Lake Louise in Canada in 2018, but only if the International Federation will approve it. Vonn, who won the Olympic Gold in 2010 and also has two World Championship titles, says she is curious to see where she stands against the male racers.
"I train with the men all the time and I really enjoy it," Lindsey Vonn said. "They push me to be a better skier. I always find myself skiing my best when I'm skiing against them. I pick their brain, I see what they're doing and I, in turn, ski faster." Her initial request was rejected by the International Ski Federation back in 2012, the governing body stated that "one gender is not entitled to participate in races of the other". Now US Ski Team alpine director Patrick Riml is ready to support Vonn and issue a new formal request for a race that would take place in November 2018.
"I know I'm not going to win, but I would like to at least have the opportunity to try," Vonn said in an interview with American media. "I think I've won enough World Cups (76) where I should have enough respect within the industry to be able to have that opportunity." Lindsey Vonn has just returned to racing last weekend after a 322-days long injury lay-off. She finished 13th at the Altenmarkt-Zauchensee race in Austria and she is 200/1 at 888sport to win the World Championship this season.
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Well, maybe that could be done in some kind of a showdown race but I don't think it's a good idea to be a permanent occurrence.
I don't have anything against women racing with men and Skiing is a sport when you don't face an opponent but racing against the time so it could be done.
There was such experiment in Tennis many years ago when Williams sisters thought they could compete against men and there was a show matches with a German player who was outside top 100 I think during that time and it doesn't finish well for the sisters and I didn't heard they wanting to repeat that since then...
No doubt racing with men will make female skiers better but they training with mails so they already improved because of that as Von said above, and let me ask you a question - how many of those 76 wins Von would it made if she raced with men during that time?
She's not even the best female skier right now so..anyway I don't think most of the other female skiers would want united races with men because they would be denied the opportunity of fighting for a win or at least most of the times.
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