Lindsey Vonn is looking for some new competition on the ski slopes.

The World Cup alpine ski racer and U.S. Ski Team member, 32, wants the chance to compete against male skiers in the downhill event–her best race. Vonn said she trains with men frequently and that they push her “to be a better skier.”

“I know I’m not going to win, but I would like to at least have the opportunity to try,” Vonn told The Denver Post in an interview. “I think I’ve won enough World Cups where I should have enough respect within the industry to be able to have that opportunity.”

She plans to work on a proposal with the U.S. Ski Team alpine director Patrick Riml, with hopes to have the race in November 2018 at Lake Louise in Canada.

Vonn won the 77th World Cup race of her career on Sunday in her second race back on the slopes after recovering from knee and arm injuries she suffered in November. She’s nine wins short of the all-time World Cup record.

She celebrated her win in an Instagram post, complete with lots of exclamation points and emotion about her comeback from her most recent injuries, which she called “the toughest mentally to overcome.”

Vonn wrote in the post: “Yeeeeeesssss!!!! I screamed, cried and then I couldn’t stop smiling because today, I WON!!!!”

Dwanye “The Rock” Johnson also offered his congratulations and support to Vonn on Twitter.

posted on 01/24/2017 by Anika Reed
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