The FIS does not listen - Vonn lashes out at dangerous Alpine combined conditions


Lindsey Vonn has hit out at the International Ski Federation (FIS) for allowing Friday's Alpine combined World Cup race to go ahead in dangerous conditions.

Vonn was one of four competitors who did not start the super-G element of the race in Crans Montana on Friday, her American team-mates - including Mikaela Shiffrin - also pulling out.

After a spate of injuries in recent years the reward was not worth the risk for Vonn, and she criticised the FIS for not listening and taking the racers' concerns seriously.

The signs were there early on that the melting snow was causing problems as Ilka Stuhec, Tessa Worley and Denise Feierabend all crashed early on - the latter leaving the piste on a sledge due to her injuries.

Officials stopped the race and moved to a lower start, with Stuhec and Worley able to restart.

Stuhec recovered to take second behind Federica Brignone after the later slalom run, but Vonn felt the conditions put everyone at risk of injury and refused to race.

"For me I've had so many injuries, I don't need to risk anything," Vonn said, as quoted by NBC.

"A lot of the other athletes and coaches were asking me to put pressure on everyone to try to cancel the race because it's too dangerous and I did my best.

"First and foremost, if all of the forerunners are crashing and not finishing that's a sign that something's wrong. The forerunners are there for a reason. Julia [Mancuso, her American team-mate] was one of the forerunners, she told them and they didn't listen.

"Number two: Listen to the representatives. Sofia [Goggia] told them that it was not acceptable to race, but they didn't listen and now Denise probably blew her knee out because no one listened.

"The problem is a lot of times people mistake our opinions as just whining. We're women and we're whining and we just need to suck it up and race, and that's not the case.

"Probably more than half or the field has been injured before ... it's unfortunate that the FIS doesn't listen to us.

"It has to be everyone looking out for the most important thing, the athletes' safety. I realise if the race is cancelled people lose money and the fans, I understand all of the politics, but there is no ski racing and there is no politics if we don't have safe athletes."