Here are the facts. do with them what you will. everyone is entitles to thier own opinions and i respect everyone's opinions if they are informed and valid. so be informed before you decide that they are just whiny little brats.
i personally think they should be included. there are no good reasons for them not to be included. i don't understand who it is going to hurt if they let them jump. it is not like they want to cancel any other events to fit theirs in. they just want the chance to show the world what they can do. they want the chance to have their lifelong dreams of winning the Olympics come true, just like pipe skiers. if you do not agree with my opinion that is fine, that's your choice. like i said before, everyone is entitles to their own opinions, just please respect others as well.
(slimmed down version from http://www.wsj2010.com/wsj2010_myth_vs_facts.pdf and articles posted on their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/letwomenjump?ref=ts)
- There are over 130 women from 16 nations are registered as international competitors with
the International Ski Federation (FIS)
- Yes the sport is developed enough becuase 16 Nations (AUT, CAN, CZE, FIN, FRA, GER, ITA, JAP, NED, NOR, POL, RUS, SLO, SWE, SUI, & USA) have women registered as international competitors with the FIS. This season’s Continental Cup tour will include 25 events hosted by 8 countries in
Europe, North America, and Asia.
from Forbes: By that (the sport is not developed enough) it means mainly that, for it to add a new competition to the
roster, there must exist a minimum number of elite level competitors
and countries involved. But if it applied the same criteria to either
men's ski jumping or some other existing winter competition sports,
they wouldn't qualify either
- Women ski jump on the identical jumps that the Men use. The venue would not be required to be modified in any way.
- Yes there is room. they only want one event. Currently there are six men ski jumping medal events (three ski jumping and three Nordic Combined) planned over six days. A single women event could be
scheduled on available days.
- A woman holds the record jump for the Vancouver venue for both men and woman. Lindsey Van of the US jumped 105.5 meters
- Now every sport that is added to the Olympics must include events for both men and women but becuase ski jumping is one of the original sports is not held to the same standards.
- There are two events in the Olympics that do not allow women, Ski Jumping in the winter Olympics, and Boxing in the summer Olympics
More from Forbes on the ruling in the courts:
In her ruling released on July 10
Justice Lauri Ann Fenlon of the Supreme Court of British Columbia
agreed that the women were being discriminated against on no other
grounds than their sex. She observed: "If the IOC had applied the
criteria for admission of new events to both men's and women's ski
jumping events, neither group would be competing in the 2010 Games."
(One hundred and thirty women from 16 nations are registered to compete
as jumpers with the International Ski Federation.) Men's ski jumping,
though it wouldn't meet the criteria for a new addition, is
grandfathered in. By recognizing the discrimination the judge granted a
sort of moral victory to the athletes.
Fenlon also ruled, though, that VANOC is not the culprit, but rather
the IOC is, as the body entitled to pick the sports. And the IOC,
Fenlon observed, is not under the jurisdiction of Canadian law. In
fact, Van told the New York Times
, lawyers had advised the ski jumpers to sue VANOC precisely because the IOC is "not governed by anyone."
So basically the judge thinks that the women are right and they are being discriminated against but there is nothing she can do about it becuase the IOC is out of reach of the Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedom.