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Women's Ski Jumping USA -
The Road To Sochi
by Whitney Childers
Communications Manager, WSJUSA
What's the story?
cluded in the Olympic Winter Games
caused many critics to allege that their exclusion was baseless and grounded on antiquated
notions of female athletes' abilities (not unlike
what was said in the 70s and 80s about women
marathoners). Before the Vancouver Games in
2010, Van held the K95 Vancouver hill record
of 105.5 meters, a mark higher than any competitor's, woman or man.
It is arguably the dream of every elite athlete to represent her country at the Olympic
Games, the sports world's largest stage. For
women ski jumpers around the world, that opportunity did not exist. Ski jumping and Nordic
combined, which consists of cross-country skiing and jumping, became the only events in the
Olympic Winter Games in which women were
not allowed to compete like the men.
In 1991, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that all future
Olympic sports must be opened to both genders, however, this excluded the nine original
sports at the inaugural Olympic Winter Games
in 1924, including ski jumping. Female ski
jumpers petitioned to participate in the Winter
Games for more than 10 years, but were continually denied.
On April 6, 2011, the IOC finally announced that a women's ski jumping event
would be added to the 2014 Sochi Olympic
Winter Games program. The women will have
one event - normal hill competition. The men
have three events (normal hill, large hill and
Why weren't they allowed to jump?
About Women's Ski Jumping USA
These skilled athletes ski down an in-run
at nearly 60 mph and can fly the distance of a
football field - and farther. But, women ski
jumpers were told that jumping wasn't "appropriate for ladies...". The IOC told the jumpers
that their sport lacked universality - despite
having more athletes and more countries competing internationally at the elite level than
other Winter Olympic sports for women such
as bobsleigh and ski cross. In 2010 alone, nearly
180 women jumpers from 18 nations competed
in International Ski Federation-sanctioned competitions.
Women's Ski Jumping USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the primary support organization for
the U.S. Women's Ski Jumping Team. WSJ-USA
Will they get to jump in the Games?
Sarah Hendrickson (center) took her second
US National title (LH) on August 4 in Park
City, Utah. Jessica Jerome (left) was 2nd and
Lindsey Van (right) was 3rd.
has two staff members and two coaches. It remains mostly a volunteer organization and
works hard to raise the necessary funds to pay
for the women's coach, travel expenses, training, equipment and junior developmental programs for young girls.
Vancouver Court Case
In 2008, Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome,
two of the most decorated women ski jumpers
in the U.S., teamed up with 13 women jumpers
from five countries to sue the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) for their right
to compete in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
The historic human rights legal battle resulted
in the British Columbia Supreme Court declaring in 2009 that the IOC exhibited gender discrimination by excluding women's ski
jumping from the Vancouver Games, but
stopped short of forcing VANOC and the IOC
to hold an event for women. The women appealed, but the appeals court came to the same
conclusion as the BC Supreme Court.
The notoriety of their battle to be in-
Sarah Hendrickson continued her string of victories and high finishes, winning
the US Women's Jumping Championships on August 4. She jumped with a field
of competitors that included jumpers from Steamboat Springs Winter Sports
Club, the Altius Nordic Ski Club of Calgary and Lake Placid.
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Far West Skier's Guide 2013-2014
Board of Directors, Trustees
President’s Message: FWSA is on the Move!
FWSA Committee Chairmen and Other Representatives
FWSA Presidents Gather at 2013 Convention
FWSA Council Services Supports Clubs
National Ski Council Federation Brings Councils & Clubs Together Nationwide
FWSA Membership: Through Clubs or Direct
FWSA Direct Member Application Form
Order Form / Far West Skier’s Guide
Ski Season - 2014
FWSA Travel Program
FWRA Board of Directors
FWRA League Race Chairs
Why Do We Race?
FWRA Race Schedule
The FWSA Athletic Scholarship Program Helps Junior Racers
Pursue Your Passions Through the FWSF
Hope on the Slopes Events
Winter Trails Day
FWSA 81st Annual Convention - Mountain Magic Moments - Recap
FWSA 2013 Convention Sponsors
FWSA Industry Award Winners
Convention Door Prize Donors & Milestones
2013 FWSA Councils’ Man & Woman of the Year
Silent Auction & Travel Expo Participants - 2013
2013 FWSA Convention Award Recipients
Snowsports Celebrities Entertain & Inform
Candace Cable, Keynote Speaker
FWSA Safety Person of the Year
FWSA Western Ski Heritage Award
FWSA Snowsports Builder Awards
FWSA Ski Clubs & Councils Continue Generous Charity Support
FWSA 82nd Annual Convention - Volcanic Paradise - Bend, Oregon
FWSA 83rd Annual Convention - Salute to San Diego
Twelve Resorts / One Pass
Public Affairs - 2013 Update
The Road to Sochi
Regional Ski Shows
High Hopes Exist for an Olympic & Far West History Museum in Squaw Valley
Zermatt: Where Legends Meet!
Has Technology Made Skiing Safer?
How Well Do You Know Your Resorts?
A Visit to the 2013- 2014 Digital Edition Only Insert
FWSA Council & Club Information
Far West Skier's Guide 2013-2014