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AFP
May 18, 2018

Vonn’s plan to race men on hold

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AFP
May 18, 2018

PARIS: Alpine skiing’s world governing body, FIS on Thursday postponed Lindsey Vonn’s plan to race downhill alongside men because the American star’s priorities are now elsewhere.

“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, holding its annual congress at Greek resort Costa Navarino, said in a press release. “I haven’t given up on this,” Vonn tweeted. “Just delaying it one more year.” The 33-year-old speed queen has another target, according to US Ski Team alpine director Jesse Hunt, quoted on the website of Austrian newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung. Vonn is making a priority of beating one man, retired Swedish slalom king Ingemar Stenmark.

Since 2005, the American has won 82 World Cup races — a women’s record. Stenmark, though, holds the overall record with 86 victories, all in slalom or giant slalom, between 1974 and 1989.

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