It’s taken 16 years of campaigning, legal battles and determination, but finally on 11th February Women’s ski jump look to the slopes. 90 years after the men’s ski jump competition was introduced to the Winter Olympics, the world’s best female jump talent lined up to make their mark on history. Germany’s Carina Vogt took home the gold medal whilst Daniela Iraschko-Stolz and Coline Mattel added to Austria and France’s medal haul respectively. Competition favourite Sara Takanashi couldn’t end Japan’s gold medal drought after only securing 4th place, a huge shock for the World Cup winner. However at only 17 years old she’s got a great future ahead now that women’s ski jump finally has its inclusion in the Winter Olympic schedules for years to come.
P.S Here is a brilliant quote from Mr Gian Franco Kasper head of ISF, taken from back in 2005 during the campaign for the inclusion on women’s ski jump. Along side comments that mostly the women who wanted to compete weren’t good enough he also added this gem:
‘Don’t forget, it’s like jumping down from, let’s say, about two meters on the ground about a thousand times a year, which seems not to be appropriate for ladies from a medical point of view.’
I’ll leave you to ponder that one….
image from www.faz.net (thanks)