The Far West Ski Association (FWSA) weighed-in on the continuing equality fight of women ski jumpers battling to be included in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. This past weekend in Reno, FWSA which represents 50,000 members in the western U.S., honored DeeDee Corradini with the 2009 Snowsports Builder Award.
The former mayor of Salt Lake City was specifically recognized for her efforts at expanding women’s sports in the Winter Olympics. Corradini is president of Women’s Ski Jumping USA, a nonprofit that supports the current national women’s team while developing future ski flyers across the country.
This past year, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), facing tough budget decisions, was forced to cut funding for the women jumpers because they are not currently part of the Olympic program. Corradini appealed to the members for support, as the women will have to raise $150k by October 2009.
Board members did show their support by passing a resolution backing women ski jumpers’ inclusion in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The resolution asks the Olympics to “do the right thing and schedule women’s ski jumping in the 2010 Olympics and in the years ahead.”
As has been discussed previously on this site, women’s ski jumping is the only Winter Olympic sport that will not have both a men’s and women’s competition. Led by American superstar Lindsey Van, the skill level among women jumpers is no longer a question. After all alternative avenues of a resolution were exhausted, 15 women jumpers from six countries filed a gender-discrimination case with the Supreme Court of British Columbia.