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IOC excludes women ski jumpers

……the International Olympic Committee, …… recently decided to block women ski jumpers from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.

And get this, IOC member and FIS President Gian Franco Kasper told National Public Radio that ski jumping "seems not to be appropriate for ladies from a medical point of view." What planet is this guy living on? Sure ski jumping is dangerous. But so is downhill racing or luge competition or ski cross.

Appropriately, Deedee Corradini, president of Women's Ski Jumping USA and the former mayor of Salt Lake City, is incensed. She calls it blatant discrimination said it "harkens back tothe Dark Ages." Corradini said the Olympic Charter's mission is supposed to "encourage support and promotion of women in sport at all levels and structures with a view to implementing the principle of equality of men and women."

"By denying women ski jumpers the right to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics, the IOC is exhibiting the most clear-cut case of discrimination of women in the Olympics since the reluctance to add women's marathon in the early

From: Brian Clark’s Snow Blog,, 6 12 06

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