BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: 2010 Olympic Decision for Women Ski Jumpers

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 10, 2009 12:43 pm

As their Olympic hopes crumbled, the ski jumpers released a press statement, in which their lawyer, Ross Clark stated, “We are disappointed that the women’s right to participate in 2010 has not been recognized by the court, but we respect the Court’s opinion and we believe we had a fair hearing.”

Nonetheless, the jumpers might consider filing an appeal. According to Women’s Ski Jumping-USA president, Deedee Corradini, the ruling was “terribly disappointing.” One of the plaintiffs, U.S. Ski Team jumper Jessica Jerome added that she is “extremely disheartened.”

Read the BC court’s decision, HERE.

According to officials, the case hinged on whether or not the Vancouver Olympic Committee was considered a government agency, and whether or not they’d have to abide by the same terms—among them, gender discrimination.

However, the IOC originally (allegedly) voted against Women’s Ski Jumping by following the same criteria they use to vote any sport into the Olympic Games. And apparently, the lady jumpers have been fighting an uphill battle for several Olympic years.

Now the decision rests upon the 2014 Olympic Games, in Sochi Russia. The issue will be on the table for voting during the IOC meetings in December of 2010.

With the recent lawsuit and attention—not to mention the sport’s growth, it seems likely that the lady jumpers’ voices will be heard and that they’ll get to shine in 2014.

“I feel like we were trying to do the right thing to advance the sport as a whole, not just for the girls currently competing, but for the upcoming generation as well,” Jerome said in the press statement. “Unfortunately, this decision will affect a lot of talented skiers. I am hopeful the future of women’s ski jumping will look more promising.”