So it's official - women won't ski jump!
So it's official - women won't ski jump
Supreme Court of Canada from
Meanwhile, these ladies have a hard life anyway, because the national federations do not support them. One jumper works two jobs to make ends meet, the other had to tire out her skis to pay for the services of a coach for the team. Many have to sleep in real sheds during third-rate European competitions, where they are still allowed. Three women showed the judge the gold, silver and bronze medals of last year's World Championships.
But the court still refused the ladies, considering ski jumping an unfeminine sport. Frankly speaking, the court did not even consider the claim at all, rejecting it on its merits. In the lawsuit, the women argued that if ski jumpers weren't allowed to take part in the 2010 Olympics, then jumpers should be banned too. Since the first Winter Olympics in 1924, women have not been allowed to participate in the sport, although they have jumped extensively in many other world competitions.
Let's hope that in Sochi the ladies will still be allowed to fulfill their dream. Still, in Russia we have long had complete equality.