Champion woman skier Vonn ready to fight on in bid to compete against men
Champion skier Lindsey Vonn is pondering legal action in her quest to compete against the men after the International Ski Federation (FIS) rejected her appeal at a recent meeting in Canada.
However, Vonn, the finest female skier of her generation insisted this fight wasn't over.
"I was definitely disappointed with their decision. After discussing with them my request they seemed pretty positive and optimistic that we could find a solution and then I got their answer and they were completely against it," CNN quoted Vonn, as saying.
"I don't want to make a big stink out of it but I feel like their response that I can't race with the men simply because I'm a woman was definitely gender-biased so I'm going to do what I can and hopefully make something work," she added.
"So right now I'm looking into options -- my father is an attorney so I'm just seeing if there's any options, legally, that I can take," she said.
The 28-year-old already has a cabinet stuffed full of silverware, save for an Olympic gold medal, and is officially the second most successful female skier of all time.
She responded to the FIS ruling in typical fashion by sweeping all three downhill events at Lake Louise in Canada, despite crashing during one, and all that on the back of recovering from a stomach illness which left her hospitalized in November.
Vonn is already the most successful skier the United States has ever produced, and should she overtake Moser-Proll's record, only one person could claim to have more wins than her Sweden's male legend Ingemar Stenmark, on 86.
Vonn is backed by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and now seems determined to head down legal avenues to pursue her dream of sharing a slope with the men.