Lindsey Van to Meet with IOC President in Hopes of Competing in 2010

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on March 25, 2009 5:00 pm

Lindsey Van and Canadian national team member Katie Willis made a little sojourn on Wednesday to Denver.  The two are hoping to meet with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge.  You may recall from an earlier post on this site, Rogge and the IOC have barred women ski jumpers from competing in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

"We’re ready. Our sport has developed incredibly in the three years since that decision and we would really appreciate the opportunity to tell our story to him personally,” Van explained. “The number of women competing has soared, as has the number of countries participating. In fact, we out-number women in sports like bobsleigh, luge, ski-cross and snowboard cross, which are already in the Olympics.”

Van hopes to settle the matter outside of the courts.  But, Van and an army of 13 plaintiffs representing 160 female ski jumpers spanning 18 countries are ready to play hard ball.  Their case would involve gender discrimination, as ski jumping in the Winter Olympics is the only sport that does not allow women to compete.

Van and other nordic jumpers have progressed the sport to a level wholly deserving of our respect, and their bid to be Olympians is something we support completely here at The Ski Channel.  Lay the hammer down, Lindsey!

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