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SBD Global/October 26, 2012/People and Pop Culture
FIS President: Vonn's Quest To Race Men Unlikely, But A 'Good Publicity Stunt'
Published October 26, 2012
LEVEL PLAYING FIELD: Kasper said he heard Vonn saying in a TV interview "that she is definitely not going to forgo the women's race." Should FIS allow Vonn to start in the men's downhill race, it could lead to unprecedented scenarios. Kasper: "Furthermore, we cannot have a ruling just for one athlete. If we allow Lindsey Vonn to start in a men’s race then we would have to allow it to everybody else as well. It would be really awkward if male athletes decide they want to start in women’s races, especially in cross-country skiing. It clearly would be unfair toward the women. As I said, if FIS makes a ruling it has to apply for every athlete and not just for one individual." Despite all this, the 68-year-old president would be willing to discuss an official request by the USSA at FIS' next board meeting at the end of October. In Kasper's personal view, Vonn has already achieved what she wanted. Kasper: "The whole thing is simply a very good publicity stunt."