Vonn's application to test herself against the men in a World Cup race was reviewed late on Tuesday during a preliminary meeting of the FIS Alpine Executive Board in Zurich. However, as the American's proposal was for the 2018-19 World Cup season the motion was pushed back until May, US Ski and Snowboard said in a statement.
It had submitted the proposal as a one-time exception for Vonn, who has won an unprecedented 77 women’s World Cups and is closing in on the men’s mark of 86 held by Ingemar Stenmark.
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The proposal will be discussed with FIS officials during the season and will be on the agenda when the organisation meets in Greece in mid-May for its biennial congress.
US officials viewed the decision as a positive first step to working with FIS on a plan that would provide Vonn with an opportunity and create a showcase event to promote the sport.
"There is support for the proposal among members of the executive board but also many points to clarify with FIS," said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Director Patrick Riml in a statement.
"We're encouraged by the discussion and the fact that we now have a formal proposal in front of FIS which we can review with FIS in more detail during the season ahead," he said.
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