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Disappointment for 2010 Winter Olympics

I blogged about this topic over a year ago, being hopeful that women ski jumpers would be able to participate in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. However, the B.C. court has rejected this bid from a group of female ski jumpers to participate. It’s not as straight forward as this, since the B.C. court actually has to abide by the IOC decisions, despite the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The judge, Madam Justice Lauri Ann Fenlon, actually agrees that there is discrimination and found this situation to be “somewhat distasteful.” I’m glad she sees it that way!

Of course, the IOC is saying that they are not being discriminatory, but because there are not enough countries that have women ski jumpers, there is not a spot for this in the Winter Olympics. However, it is also important to note that there are technically not enough countries that have male ski jumpers for this event to happen, yet it still does.

The Globe and Mail article (click above) showcases some female ski jumpers who are rightfully crushed that their dream to be in the Olympics is now gone. This is definitely a disappointment for them and for women athletes in general. Sports is most definitely considered a “male” and “masculine” thing, and when things like this happen, it just cements the idea that women cannot and should not be participating in some sports.

Completely disappointing.

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