FIS set to discuss Vonn's wish to race against men

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By ERIC WILLEMSEN, Associated Press

SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — The International Ski Federation will discuss Lindsey Vonn's wish to compete in a men's World Cup downhill race during a Nov. 3-4 meeting in Switzerland.

FIS communications manager Riikka Rakic told The Associated Press on Sunday that the federation has been asked by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to address the issue.

"Yes, we have received a request," Rakic said. "And yes, it will be on the (FIS rule-making) Council's agenda."

U.S. team spokesman Doug Haney said the American federation was formally backing Vonn's plan by submitting the request to FIS.

Haney said USSA has not handed in a detailed plan on how it could work.

"By filing the request we just wanted to create the possibility for FIS to talk about it," Haney said.

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