NBCsports is quoting Patrick Lang of Reuters reporting that Lindsey Vonn has asked the heads of the International Ski Federation (FIS) if she can enter herself in the men's FIS World Cup Downhill competition at Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada.
While I'm sure this request stunned the FIS directors they have yet to issue an outright denial. Lang quotes Norway's Atle Skaardal, the women's World Cup race director, as saying "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."
However, Skaardal went on to say, "It's complicated because no racer is supposed to ski on a race course a week prior to his or her own competition. 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."
Obviously, the directors are seeing this rule as a legitimate way to possibly deny Vonn's request - but if, in fact, the women's DH at Louise is a shortened or altered course, i.e. not the exact same race route as the men's - how then would the directors then interpret the rule?
I think it would be a fun test, although Patrick Lange says "experts" see Vonn's projected time to be a full 5 seconds slower than the fastest mens' time. Personally, in Las Vegas, I'd take Vonn in any bet with that handicap mainly because I'm sure Lindsey, four time overall World Cup champion, would be incensed to be rated that much slower.
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