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Sports boss will not allow this girl to fly
Nineteen year old Anette Sagen from Norway is presently the best in the world. She recently won the German-Austrian ski jump week, the most prestigious competition.
Like most other ski jumpers, she thinks the longer the better. And the longest ski jumps are made in ski-flying, like in Vikersund, where a skilled jumper can jump over 200 meters (~650 ft). There are no ski flying competitions for women yet, but Anette really wanted to just try, as a test jumper. No big deal, right?
Enter Torbjørn Yggeseth, a 69 year old man, and a Norwegian leader of FIS, the international skiing association. He thinks young girls should be protected against their own stupid ideas, for their own saftety. Since he's a big man in FIS, there is hardly a chance in hell for Anette or any other girl to be allowed to jump in Vikersund. Yggseth is currently one of the least popular men in Norway. Because who wouldn't want to allow Anette to fulfill her dream and fly?
Women Write History in Vikersund!
On Saturday, March 6, the women participated as forejumpers.
Had they been competing in Saturday's field of 50 men, Anette would have tied for 26th in the first round, and would have jumped in the second round of 30; Lindsey would have just missed the cut. Put another way, they would have beaten about of the 50 men in the field, having only two previous jumps as their total experience on a hill this size. Remember, unlike the men, they had no opportunity to practice prior to Friday!
1) Anette Sagen, Norge 250,0 (71,5-75),
2) Maja Vtic, Slovenia 240,9 (69-73,5),
3) Jaqueline Seifriedsberger, Østerrike 236,4 (69,5-70,5),
4) Melanie Faisst, Tyskland 234,5 (68,5-70,5),
5) Line Jahr, Norge 233,8 (69,5-69)
Who knew women were not allowed to ski jump in the Olympics? Certainly not me when two years ago I was asked to coordinate the communications around a lawsuit launched in Vancouver to demand this gender imbalance be rectified.
Ski jumping is the only sport where women are not allowed in the Olympic Games