If Vonn Can't Beat Men, Should Join Them

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Lindsey Vonn should accept the compromise. The international skiing federation (known by its French acronym, FIS), in rejecting her bid to enter the men's World Cup downhill race at Lake Louise, Alberta, later this month, encouraged her to request a spot as a forerunner, a skier who tests the course before the official event.

The idea may sound condescending to someone who has thoroughly dominated women's events. You can go through the service entrance, Ms. Vonn. But her desire to compete with men should be primarily about challenging herself on their courses, which are more demanding than the women's.

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