Sunday, February 19, 2006

Olympic Sexism

The International Ski Federation has decided that ski jumping is too dangerous for women, so it has become the one sport in Torino that has only male competitors.

"It's like jumping down from, let's say, about two meters on the ground about a thousand times a year, which seems not to be appropriate for ladies from a medical point of view," the federation's president Gian Franco Kasper said.

Despite Kasper's opinion, some ladies have decided that this particular sport is "appropriate" for them. "I don't know what he's talking about because clearly he has not seen us jump in the last two years," said Lindsey Van, the second-ranked female ski jumper in the world. "Our technique is as good, if not better than, the men."

There are about five hundred women competing on the international level and two of the top-ranked jumpers are Canadians. If you think Katie Willis and Atsuko Tanaka should have the chance to be Olympians in Vancouver, you can contact The International Ski Federation, who are voting this spring about whether to include women's ski jumping in the 2010 Olympics.


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