Interesting......sounds like the FIS Council is open to her skiing with the men, but not at the risk of having an advantage in the women's race the following week. Perhaps they'll make her pick one or the other, but not both???
The four-time overall World Cup champion sent a letter to men’s race director Gunter Hujara, asking about the possibility of competing in the men’s downhill at Lake Louise, Alta., on Nov. 24. The women race in Aspen, Colo., that weekend.
Hujara and the alpine skiing board considered the request at the federation’s autumn meetings. Some experts told Reuters that the 2010 Olympic champion could lose to the fastest men by as much as five seconds.
“We have been talking about it but no decision has been taken yet. It’s a matter that the FIS council has to examine during its next meeting in November,” said Norway’s Atle Skaardal, the women’s World Cup race director.
“It’s necessary to go through the rules to see if there is a way to do this and also a reason to do it. It’s complicated because no racer is supposed to ski on a race course a week prior to his or her own competition (the Lake Louise women’s downhill is Nov. 30). If Lindsey Vonn could train and compete with the men in November, she would have a huge advantage on her rivals the following week during the women’s races on the same course.”
The winner of 53 World Cup events, including 26 downhills, Vonn is the second-most successful women’s downhill specialist behind Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell, who won 36 times between 1970 and 1980.
Last year, the American also became only the fourth woman to triumph in all five disciplines of modern alpine ski racing: downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super-G and combined.
She narrowly missed the benchmark of 2,000 points set by Austria’s Hermann Maier in the 2000 World Cup, scoring 1,980 for her fourth overall crystal globe.