NOW Foundation Says "Let the Women Jump!" in 2010 Winter Olympics
Bennett, Lisa, National NOW Times
The next Winter Olympics will take place in 2010-well into the 21 st century-yet women ski jumpers still are not permitted to compete at their sport's highest level. The NOW Foundation is calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to right this wrong immediately.
"The exclusion of women from this sport, which is open to men, is unwarranted and unfair," said NOW Foundation President Kim Gandy in a statement issued at a rally organized by Women's Ski Jumping USA in Vancouver, Canada, the site of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
"We reject outdated notions that ski jumping is not 'appropriate' for women because it is disproportionately hazardous to their health. And we firmly disagree with claims that the current level of competition in women's ski jumping does not justify its addition to the Olympic games. At a recent event where both women and men were competing, the longest jump scored was made by a woman."
Since 1998, women from 16 nations have participated in international ski jumping competitions, and the International Ski Federation finally added women's ski jumping to the upcoming 2009 world championships. …