Olympic Ski Jumping – No Girls Allowed!

By Colleen

There is no ladies’ night in Vancouver. At least not at the ski jump competition.

While we may have earned the right to vote, anchor the national nightly news, and nearly took up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, we still can’t ski jump in Olympic competition.

As a person who shudders upon hearing the word “rollercoaster” it’s not like this bothers me on a personal level because my skills are being witheld from the world. But it did make me curious…

What makes things interesting is apparently, chicks are pretty good at this. In fact, the person who holds the record for the longest jump off the Whistler, B.C.’s ski jump (which was built for the 2010 Olympic Games) is a woman- Lindsey Van.

It seems that women aren’t allowed to ski jump at the Olympics pretty much because that’s the way it has always been. While women ski jumpers have petitioned for inclusion since the 1998 Nagano games, it’s been repeatedly denied. The two major requirements for becoming an Olympic sport are: having a world championship and a sizeable number of athletes worldwide. Women’s ski jumping has had a world championship for years, and while it can easily be said that America’s children aren’t bashing down doors to go ski jump, the sport has more participants than the recently added event called ski cross. Go figure.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you aware of any other scenarios today that exclude women?