Originally Posted by Ski Diva
International Ski Federation (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."
There are few things in this world today that get my blood boiling anymore, but this kind of BS will certainly raise the temperature a little. I would absolutely love to know the rational why "ladies" from a "medical point of view" should not be ski jumping. First of all, if I were a woman, I would be insulted at his use of the word "ladies". This man is clearly living in ancient times...
I had a little experience with the IOC and FIS in the late 70's and early 80's when freestyle skiing was attempting to become an Olympic Sport. We had a very tough time because we were generally thought of as crazy boozers and druggies... how else could people in their right mind do the things we did... Obviously there is no comparison between "crazy boozers and druggies" and "ladies" but what I learned in the process may be helpful.
Long story short, there were (are?) very clear IOC rules about how a new sport can become an Olympic Sport. In our case, it was an uphill battle the whole way and required a team effort of IOC and FIS officials from many countries including the US, Can, Ita, Fra, Swe, Ger, et al. We also had to combat a decision by US ski areas to ban inverted aerials, an outright nationwide ban in the early 80's. Inverted aerials were said to be "too dangerous" to competitors and "too costly" to ski areas in the event of injury.
We took it upon ourselves to prove the naysayers wrong, and did. A Physician led safety committee compiled and compared statistics of sports injuries (we were no where near the top of the list). We instituted mandatory training on water ramps where competitors would prove an ability to successfully complete their manuver and land safely before they were allowed to perform on snow. The process was gruling, but in the end, I must say it was very worth the effort, and I believe our sport is far better off for having gone through this phase.
I look forward to the day when women from around the world will be televised as they fly through the air... Even more, I would especially appreciate watching a spoof where a women in a dress (perhaps a wedding dress?) wearing a ball and chain flies off a jump with a banner that reads "Thank you Gian Franco Kasper!"