Ready to Fly: The true story of a dream worth fighting for

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 16, 2011 1:44 pm

Since childhood, as a wide-eyed seven-year-old ski jumper with a dream of Olympic flight, Lindsey Van was an outsider in a man’s world. Eighteen years later, despite the fact that she jumps as well as (and sometimes better than) the world’s best men, she’s still locked out of the Olympic athlete club. Why? BECAUSE SHE’S A WOMAN!

In its infancy, in 776 BC, the Olympic Games were sweet and somewhat naïve idea. The notion that through sport we could peacefully unite the world regardless of race, creed, or gender? Audacious. Enlightened. But realistic? Not so much. The Olympic Games were an exclusive men-only club. Today, more than 2,000 years later, the Olympic movement is still trying to achieve the dream of universal inclusion so beautifully symbolized in its iconic interlocking rings. The only discipline left that allows men to compete but not women? SKI JUMPING.

Last year, William A. Kerig, an award-winning writer, producer, director, and former professional skier, picked up on the triumphant story of Lindsey Van after finishing his last big ski documentary “The Edge of Never” and while looking for a new film project.

“I was looking for another story that could inspire me. I found it in the story of Lindsey Van, who set out to conquer the world, only to have it line up against her. I found it in the story of Peter Jerome who jumped in to save his daughter’s ski jumping team, vowing to take on a multi-billion-dollar foe, armed with only a Non-Profits For Dummies paperback. I found it in the story of women’s ski jumping, the only Olympic discipline that allows men to compete but not women.” Bill Kerig

He quickly came to realize that finding the right sponsors and raising money for the movie was just as difficult as Lindsey’s fight to make it into the Olympic Games. Together they decided to fight and make possible what at first seemed to be a quite a difficult task. With your help and support, this will be a documentary feature film that will be seen all over the world. Every dollar helps to make this project a reality! So please visit the website below for more information as well as options on how you can support Lindsey and Bill on their mission.