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    Lindsey Vonn’s quest to race against men on hold

    FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2016, file photo, Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, celebrates in the finish area after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill, in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria. Chasing the ski World Cup wins record next season, Lindsey Vonn will have another chance to master a rare race challenge: A two-run downhill. (AP Photo/Pier Marco Tacca, File)
    2016 File/Pier Marco Tacca/Associated press
    Lindsey Vonn has 77 World Cup wins, nine behind the record — and all against women.

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    ZURICH — Lindsey Vonn’s quest to race against the men in a World Cup event remains on hold for the moment.

    US Ski and Snowboard presented its proposal to the International Ski Federation’s Alpine executive board, with the topic being tabled until the spring.

    Vonn, the all-time winningest female World Cup racer, is hoping to race a downhill versus the men during the 2018-19 season.


    Vonn, who will turn 33 this month, has said that the 2018-19 racing season will most likely be her last.

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    The US team petitioned FIS on her behalf.

    Alpine director Patrick Riml is encouraged, saying, ‘‘there is support for the proposal among members of the executive board but also many points to clarify with FIS.’’

    The proposal will be addressed in mid-May. Vonn regularly trains with men from various national ski teams on downhill courses.

    According to the unofficial times, Vonn often is faster than some of her male colleagues. A woman challenging a full field of the world’s top-ranked skiers at a men’s World Cup race is something that skiing historians believe has never happened.


    With 77 World Cup wins, Vonn is chasing the mark of 86 held by Ingemar Stenmark. Her focus also is on the Pyeongchang Olympics in February.