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Volume 6 No. 194

Leagues and Governing Bodies

The Int'l Ski Federation (FIS) "will consider American skier Lindsey Vonn's wish to compete in a men's World Cup downhill race during a meeting in Switzerland next weekend," according to the SUNDAY TIMES. FIS Communications Manager Riikka Rakic said Sunday that "the federation has been asked by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to address the issue." Rakic said, "Yes, we have received a request." U.S. team spokesperson Doug Haney said that the "American federation was formally backing Vonn's play by submitting the request to FIS, but added that the USSA has not handed in a detailed plan on how it could work." Haney said, "By filing the request we just wanted to create the possibility for FIS to talk about it." Vonn, a four-time overall World Cup champion, "wants to take part in the men’s downhill" at Lake Louise in Canada on Nov. 24, six days before the women race on the same course. FIS rules "do not exclude women from competing in a men’s race, but they do not allow skiers on the course a week before a race to prevent them from getting an advantage." FIS Men's Race Dir Guenter Hujara said, "There is nothing in the rules that say women are not allowed to start in a men’s event." However, he added that some issues had to be cleared: "How do you do the qualification, how do you do the starting position?" (SUNDAY TIMES, 10/28).

McLaren F1 Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh has dismissed F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone's idea of a budget cap as "unrealistic," according to Andrew Benson of Ecclestone "has proposed a $250M limit on total spending, including driver salaries, for all team." Whitmarsh said, "It's a little bit unrealistic to have a global budget cap. It becomes difficult to pin down and know everyone is comfortably operating within it." Red Bull Racing "spent £176.8M last year, but that entity has only 52 employees." Whitmarsh said, "The philosophy of controlling costs in F1 is important to our sport. I think we all agree on that. There is a difference of opinion about how you best achieve that. Bernie wants one that controls driver salaries and all those things. I think what we should be trying to do is ensure we are spending money in the appropriate places. I think we should be controlling excessive spend in development" (, 10/28).

NHL players Daniel Briere and Claude Giroux "not only impress German hockey fans with their exciting playing style, but they also have proved to be an efficient addition to their club," according to Alexander Petri of the The two Canadians "joined German Hockey League (DEL) champions Eisbären Berlin during the North American league's lockout." Briere has scored 11 points in four games, and Giroux has scored 10 also in four games. Nobody knows how long the NHL's lockout will last, but more and more players "are tired of waiting and are heading overseas to stay in shape while competing on the ice." More than 100 NHL players have joined hockey clubs throughout Europe, with most of them in the Russian Kontinental Hockey League. NHL Detroit Red Wings and Swedish national team forward Henrik Zetterberg has recently joined Swiss team EV Zug and scored five goals and two assists in his first three games with the team (, 10/25).

European Countries with More Than 10 NHL Players
Country Number of NHL Players
Russia 32
Finland 18
Switzerland 18
Czech Republic