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Lindsey Vonn’s request to race against men to be reviewed next week

Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn’s request to race against men in a World Cup downhill race will be reviewed by the International Ski Federation (FIS) next week. The U.S. team will make the formal proposal at preseason meetings in Zurich, Switzerland.

Vonn, who holds the record for most World Cup downhill titles with 39, has wanted to race against men before she retires for a long time. In 2012, the FIS denied a previous request from Vonn because its rules prevent mixed gender races.

The subject will first go to meetings of the FIS alpine skiing executive board and could be decided by the broader alpine committee by the end of next week. Meetings are expected to begin early next week.

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“Further details are still unknown, but this is certainly an anticipated topic that divides the FIS officials,” the FIS said on Wednesday.

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