Lindsey Vonn of the USA wins the downhill crystal globe during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Finals Men's and Women's Downhill on March 16, 2016 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
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By Jessie Van Amburg
June 30, 2016

Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn is ready for her next challenge—racing against men. “It’s something I hope I can do before the end of the career,” she told USA Today.

In addition to her gold medal in the Women’s Downhill event at the 2010 Olympics, Vonn is the most successful female skiier of all time with 76 World Cup wins and five World Championship medals.

“When I train against men, I always find that I push myself harder to my absolute maximum,”she said. “I want to see what I’m capable of, and men’s racing is the next level.”

“I think it’s important for me as a person, and I think it’s important for women in sports,” she said. She admitted that it might take longer than the years she has left in her career for that change to be institutionalized. But she remains optimistic about the future of the sport. “I think it can happen.”

 

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