Saturday, May 31, 2008

Women's Ski Jumping Takes A Fall: Part 2

There may be hope yet.

Last week a lawsuit was filed in the British Columbia Supreme Court on behalf of some of the women ski jumpers.

“Women ski jumpers meet all the technical and universality requirements,” said Deedee Corradini, Women’s Ski Jumping-USA (WSJ-USA) President. “There are certainly more than enough qualified women jumping from more than enough countries. The women are ready and we have tried to communicate that to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), but to no avail. We were forced to conclude it is a matter of discrimination and decided we had no choice but to launch a lawsuit.”

The lawsuit names the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) as respondent, Corradini said. The statement of claim asks the Court to allow women’s as well as men’s ski jumping events to go ahead in Vancouver in 2010. The individual plaintiffs include six of the top 10 internationally ranked female ski jumpers in the world, including athletes from Norway, Germany, Austria, Slovenia and the United States. Marie-Pierre Morin, a retired Canadian Ski Jump National Champion and Karla Keck, a retired American National Champion are plaintiffs as well.

We'll have to keep an eye on this. Not to allow these women to compete is beyond the beyond. Good luck, ladies! We're rooting for you!

Be sure to visit TheSkiDiva.com, an internet forum especially for women skiers, where women skiers can connect with one another to talk about everything and anything ski-related.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Women's Ski Jumping Takes A Fall.

When I first posted about women's ski jumping almost exactly two years ago (see Jump for Joy), it seemed like its inclusion in the next Olympic games was imminent.

Boy, was I wrong!

Instead, the IOC has recently decided NOT to include Women's Ski Jumping at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, even though in 2006, the FIS voted to add an individual event in the 2009 World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic -- a necessary step to the sport attaining Olympic status.

IOC President Jacques Rogge said, "We don't want the medals to be diluted and watered down, that is the bottom line." He argues that the international sport only has 80 competitors worldwide, and that allowing them to participate in 2010 would dilute the value of the medals. But according to the president of Women's Ski Jumping USA, Rogge's numbers are wrong. She says the US has at least 150 jumpers nationwide and that Norway has between 500 and 600 female jumpers! That gives ski jumping more seasoned competitors than women's bobsled and skeleton had when those sports were added to the Games in 2002.

You can sign a petition to help get these deserving women a chance to compete. Go here

And for more info on Women's Ski Jumping in the US, go here.

Let the women jump!

Be sure to visit TheSkiDiva.com, an internet forum especially for women skiers, where women skiers can connect with one another to talk about everything and anything ski-related.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Are you still skiing?

Sadly, I'm not.

My season here in the Green Mountain State ended on April 15.

But some lucky people out west still are.

Still open:

  • Snowbird, Utah til June

  • Araphahoe Basin, Colorado

  • Mammoth, California

  • Squaw, California

  • Timberline, Oregon

  • Mount Bachelor, Oregon

  • Brundage, Idaho.

  • Some of the women from TheSkiDiva.com were out at Araphahoe Basin this past weekend, and had phenomenal conditions.

    So if you're still taking turns, take one for me.

    Be sure to visit TheSkiDiva.com, an internet forum especially for women skiers, where women skiers can connect with one another to talk about everything and anything ski-related.

    Thursday, May 08, 2008

    Here's to you, Ski Moms....

    .......for all you do. Making sure everyone has the hats, goggles, ski pants, boots, etc. etc. they need on the slopes. Dressing and undressing the kids. Assembling the lunches. Hauling the equipment. Harboring a secret stash of tissues/sun block/chap stick/energy bars for that unavoidable emergency. Accomodating multiple bathroom breaks and all the dressing and undressing that go with 'em. Providing encouraging words after a fall. Driving to and from the ski slopes. Attending ski races. Wiping noses. Wiping tears. Administering first aid. Putting on and removing boots/jackets/gloves/helmets. Making sure nothing gets left behind. Arranging ski lessons. Making sure the kids wear helmets.

    For all you do, ski moms, for all your unwavering love, devotion, and support -- we salute you!

    And to my own mom, who doesn't ski and never did, here's to you, too. Thanks for supporting my skiing when I was growing up, and for continuing to support it -- without ever asking 'why' -- now that I'm an adult.

    Happy Mother's Day!

    Be sure to visit TheSkiDiva.com, an internet forum especially for women skiers, where women skiers can connect with one another to talk about everything and anything ski-related.

    Sunday, May 04, 2008

    Swimming to nowhere.

    Staying in shape during the off season is important. I know, I know -- it may seem like a long time til ski season starts back up. But you have to do something between now and when the snow flies again. Otherwise, you'll end up paying big time.

    Besides, it's fun.

    So what am I doing, now that my ski season is over?

    A variety of things. For starters, a couple weeks ago I joined my local fitness center. And I began swimming laps.

    Back and forth. Back and forth. Back and forth. Back and forth. You get the idea.

    For starters, I'm swimming half a mile. Can't do it straight through without stopping yet, but I'm working on it. Once I get that down, I'll increase the distance. It's great exercise. And when I'm done, I really feel like I've had a good workout.

    Hey, my Dad is 85 years old, and he swims half a mile three or four times a week -- WITHOUT STOPPING!!!! If he can do it, shouldn't I be able to, too????

    Swimming has its advantages over running. You don't get hot and sweaty. It's low impact, so it's easy on your feet and joints. And it's kind of calming. I can think about all sorts of things, while I'm in the pool.

    It's not skiing. But it's not bad. I'll let you know how it works out.

    Be sure to visit TheSkiDiva.com, an internet forum especially for women skiers, where women skiers can connect with one another to talk about everything and anything ski-related.