Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. clears a gate during the first run of the World Cup Soelden Women’s Giant Slalom race on the Rettenbach glacier in the Tyrolean ski resort of Soelden, October 27, 2012. (REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler)
Audi FIS Alpine World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn’s (Vail, CO) bid to ski against the men was formalized this weekend as the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association took the request to the International Ski Federation. In a letter to FIS President Gian Franco Kasper, USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt petitioned that her request be considered by the FIS Council that meets Saturday, Nov. 3 in Switzerland.
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) approached the International Ski Federation with the request in early October. Following discussions in past weeks between Vonn, coaches and sport leaders, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association petitioned the FIS Council to consider her request to ski a men’s race at some point in her career.
The USSA request specifically asks that the FIS Council provide a clear direction on how to effectuate her goal in a manner which preserves the integrity of the Audi FIS World Cup, protects her competition eligibility, holds harmless FIS quotas and start rights, and respects the rights of all FIS athletes and FIS stakeholders.
The FIS Council’s next scheduled meeting is Saturday, Nov. 3 in Switzerland.
USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt made the request in a letter to FIS President Gian Franco Kasper. Marolt is also a FIS Vice President and a member of the FIS Council.
Marolt, President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association commented: “Lindsey Vonn achieved great success in sport due to her continual quest for new challenges in alpine ski racing. As a National Ski Association within FIS, we have the highest respect for Lindsey’s accomplishments and appreciate the opportunity to support Lindsey by engaging in this discussion with FIS.”