Lindsey Vonn’s proposal to race men pulled back
Lindsey Vonn pulled back her proposal to enter a men’s World Cup race in November, instead keeping her focus on training to break the World Cup career wins record in what may be her final season.
“I haven’t given up on this,” was tweeted from Vonn’s account. “Just delaying it one more year.”
Vonn’s proposal, which had been in the works since last summer, was not on the agenda at this week’s International Ski Federation (FIS) meetings. FIS had been expected to rule on a Vonn proposal this week.
“As no renewed proposal was brought up regarding Lindsey Vonn’s request to race with the men in Lake Louise, this topic was indefinitely tabled,” FIS said in a press release.
That’s because Vonn is putting all her energy into breaking legendary Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record of 86 World Cup wins next winter, new U.S. Alpine director Jesse Hunt said, according to the Austria Press Agency and confirmed by U.S. SKi & Snowboard.
The 33-year-old Vonn earned five victories last season to move within four of the mark despite struggling with more knee and back injuries.
“My knee gets a break, and that’s really what matters,” Vonn said after finishing last season in March. “As you progress through the season, I definitely lose strength because I’m just not able to lift as much as I need to keep the knee supported.”
If Vonn sought and was granted a spot in a Lake Louise men’s race in November, FIS rules could have barred her from the women’s World Cup races in Lake Louise the following weekend because of her extra runs at the venue giving her an advantage over female skiers.
Missing three women’s races at Lake Louise, where Vonn owns 18 wins in 44 starts, would significantly impact her pursuit of Stenmark’s record.
Now that no longer appears to be an issue. With a single victory next season, Vonn will break Austrian Elisabeth Goergl‘s record as the oldest woman to win a World Cup race.
“I’m in a good place, picking up steam, confident and relatively healthy,” Vonn said in March. “I hope to (break Stenmark’s record) before my knee gives out.”
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