PtG Article 11.06.2010

Spirits soar for women ski jumpers - The Globe and Mail

Women ski jumpers won the hearts of the public but little else in their long, high-profile quest to compete at the 2010 Winter Games.

Now, finally, their sport has achieved a major international breakthrough that could well secure its place at the Winter Olympics in 2014. The International Ski Federation has approved a premiere World Cup circuit for women ski jumpers – starting next year – that would provide the world-class competition officials said they needed before being allowed into the Olympics. Deedee Corradini, president of Women’s Ski Jumping USA, who has spearheaded the fight to end ski jumping’s status as the only Winter Olympic discipline to exclude women, said she believes the World Cup circuit is the final step needed to end their Olympic ban. SOURCE: The Globe & Mail