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Guys come on its the X games. ITs not about making women more compedative in the sport, its about making money. THe producers, im sure know that there is a large un taped audience of girl skiers out there that could help boost their ratings and they feel giving equal prize money might encourage more girls to watch. In the end its all about the dollor billz!!!
i think it's a good move. it's not like espn doesn't make enough off of ad revenues and corporate sponsorships and x games brand bikes and snowboards sold at kmart that they cant afford to up the women's purses.
as for whether or not they deserve it, i dont really see why they shouldn't. sure, guys go bigger, but it's all relative, and you aren't paying per foot out of the pipe to the winners.
and if you guys are jealous that it's "easier" to win the womens events, just pull a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladybugs_(film) and compete. problem solved.
I remember a long time ago i saw this kids soccer movie, "Ladybugs". Basically the movie was about a shitty girls soccer team who dressed up a boy in drag ( now that i think about it, it sounds a little twisted) and then proceed to kick all the other teams asses. SKiers are not on a team, thay wear lots of shape covering clothes, and can rock long hair. All that an immoral 17yr old park rat would need is a fresh razor, a little makeup, prettier clothes, and some shampoo...
If somehow they can gather the same kind of crowd that men does then I'm stokedfor them. If they dont I think they'll have evenmore trouble finding moeny in the future.
It's kind of funny that the only type of competition women skiers get equal pay in now is the type they suck at the most. Girls can place in big pipe competitions getting like 3 feet out. But there are some girls on the big mountain circuit that could place against the guys.