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FIS rejects Vonn's bid to enter men's race

  • American Lindsey Vonn will not be allowed to take part in the men's downhill competition at Lake Louise, the International Ski Federation (FIS) announced on Saturday.

    Vonn, the second most successful woman skier ever, made headlines before the start of the season when she wrote to the FIS asking to be allowed into the men's race at the Canadian resort on November 24.

    "One gender is not entitled to participate in races of the other... exceptions will not be made to the FIS Rules," the FIS said following a meeting in Switzerland.

    The news came as a disappointment to Alpine Canada president Max Gartner, who had hoped the unusual request would boost interest in the sport.

    "I saw it as a great opportunity to raise the profile of the sport by attracting interest from people who do not normally follow ski racing, particularly in North America," he said in a statement.