Female ski jumpers ask British Columbia court of appeals to hurry up their case

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 13, 2010 6:18 am

Female ski jumpers have been in a long battle with the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee over whether or not their event should be included in the Olympic Games. So far, the women have been fighting a losing battle, unfortunately.

On Friday, Deedee Corradini and other representatives of the female ski jumpers will be in a B.C. Court of Appeals asking that their case be hurried along. Last month, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Lauri Ann Felon rejected their request to be included in the Games. Even though Fenlon agreed with the jumpers that it is contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to have an event exclusively for men, she ruled that the decision was not up to Vanoc. Rather, Fenlon concluded, that was the sole jurisdiction of the International Olympic Committee and it is not bound by the Charter.

That decision is being appealed by the jumpers. They are asking the court to set a trial date for September, or perhaps October so that if they win an appeal, there will still be time to organize an Olympic event.