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Vonn considers legal action in bid to race against men
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Lindsey Vonn is consulting her lawyers over her desire to compete against the men in a Downhill race. The governing body has said she cant do so. This weekend she missed the race in Finland saying she was preparing for the next race in Aspen.

She said she wanted to prepare for the races in Aspen, Colorado, that take place later this month and so stayed in the USA.

It lessened the event in Finland and was a disappointment for racing fans.

She is, after all, the World Champion.

The slalom race took place in Levi this weekend. This Aspen race is not until Novemeber 24th. She also has sponsorship and commercial appearance commitments for next week in Colorado.

A spokesman for the US Team has said the she wants to concentrate on the only US race of the season.

In the past she has been able to take part in them all.

She had been prepared to miss Aspen but only if she were able to compete in the men's downhill in Lake Louise, Canada, that takes place on the same day. That request was turned down but she was invited to request to be a forerunner. 

We reported on it here.

She has not applied to be a forerunner and her comments about preparing for Aspen appear to rule it out.

With her cancellation in Finland, the confusion over whether she is or is not racing in Aspen in the women's events and then whether she is racing in Lake Louise in the men's downhill it is a rather bizarre start to the season for the World Champion. Now she is taking legal advice.

Lindsey Vonn has told US media that she is consulting with her lawyers and may take some form of legal action in order to race against the men.

She was speaking to the web site

"I was very disappointed with that decision and I'm not going to stop trying. It's something that I'm going to continue to push for. I'm just trying to explore right now how I can continue this effort. If I need to go to court or if I need to file some sort of petition. You know, I'm not exactly sure right now, but I'm talking with some people and trying to figure out what I can do," she said.

She went on to deny it was a publicity stunt.

"I'm consulting with lawyers right now, I'm investing a lot of time and effort into this, and it has nothing to do with the media. I don't need extra media attention! It has absolutely nothing to do with it. This is a personal goal of mine, and I want to see where I stand against the men."

For details of the interview then see here.

Meanwhile her sponsor, Head, has just announced a 10-year deal with the 28-year old that will probably see here remain on Head skis and boots for the remainder of her World Cup racing career.

"Lindsey Vonn is one of the most talented, most revered, most accomplished and groundbreaking athletes in the history of sport," said the Head CEO Kevin Kempin to US media. "It is hard to find any athlete in any sport currently performing while enjoying such a legacy. She is a living legend and we at Head are honoured that she has chosen our skis for the next 10 years."

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Maria Hoefl-Riesch from Germany has won the race in Levi. 

She had been advised by doctors not to take part because of a hip injury.

Tanja Poutiainen from Finland was second and the 17-year old American teenager, Mikaela Shiffrin, was third. Tina Maze from Slovenia came fourth.

Maze leads the World Cup Championship with 150 points. She leads Hoefl-Riesch by 26 points. Lindsey Vonn has yet to score.

Mikaela Shiffrin has already been mentioned as a possible successor to Lindsey Vonn and is a bright prospect. 

Here at PlanetSKI we had a Chairlift Chat video interview with her last season at the US training camp in Austria.

She was speaking to James Cove.

Meanwhile in the men's event the Swedish racer, Andre Myhrer, won. The current world champion, Marcel Hirscher from Austria, was second.

The  British skier, Dave Ryding, came a creditable 26th. He started in 55th place.

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