Decision expected this week on Women ski jumpers in Sochi Olympics

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 4, 2011 9:10 am

Women’s Ski Jumping is the only discipline in the Olympic Winter or Summer Games that does not allow women to compete. After years of battling to finally be allowed to compete in the Games, the International Olympic Committee has said it is “looking favorably” at adding a women’s ski jumping event to the Sochi 2014 Games. The executive board and President Jacques Rogge are in London for decisions on new events for the Olympics including slopestyle snowboarding and ski halfpipe.  It is expected they will give the green light to the women ski jumpers as early as Wednesday.

Leading up to this announcement, the IOC has declined the women ski jumpers twice for lack of elite competition.  After this years World championships in Oslo where the ladies jumped in near white out conditions, it is believed they proved they belong competing at a world class level. Officials were impressed and said they would recommend the sports inclusion.

This is no doubt great news for World Champion Lindsey Van who has spend countless hours petitioning for her sport to be included in the Olympics.  Click here to read about her documentary ‘Ready to fly.’