Originally Posted by Acrophobia
Here's a novel idea - let female athletes make their own decisions about what is acceptable risk.
I don't have anything against women in ski jumping. If nothing else, they look a whole lot better then skinny 50kg guys
But you guys from other side of ocean should know way better then anyone else, that things are about money and nothing else. Do you really think sponsors would be thrilled with event, where they would have 5 out of 30 competitors badly injured? Not to confuse things now, my writing which you quoted was about jumping on ski flying hills like Planica, and it's about this thing now too. If we like it or not, people react differently when they see guy falling getting injured and ending unconscious with face all smashed and bloody in outrun of ski hill, then when this would be girl. Just to switch for hockey for a second... why are men allowed to play without net over face, and women are not? I think reason is same, even though I'm pretty sure those girls would love to play without them. I play hockey quite a bit and I know how annoying those nets are, even for just recreational playing (personally I love my teeth, so I play with net, even if it's annoying :)
Another, and not so unimportant, thing is number of competitors. It's hard to compare it to skeleton, which became Olympic sport in 1926. Things were a bit different at those days, and probably today, skeleton wouldn't have much chances to get into Olympics either. Afterall, they are thinking about making bob and luge competitions optional for Olympics, and they are way more popular then skeleton. But let's stay with ski jumping. As I wrote, there's maybe 40 or 50 ski jumpers on World. This year in Liberec there was 36 competitors on start. Considering there was 80 men on start, with strict qualification rules to even come to Liberec, when huge majority of jumpers didn't even qualify for WCH and was left home, you can see difference. All this really doesn't have all that much to do with human rights and discrimination, then it has to do with this, that women ski jumping is developing sport in very very early stage, and with such little base, it's realistically very hard to expect, they would accept it into Olympics program... at least in this moment. Not to mention going to court and sue IOC is not really best way to get additional points with people who decide about this things. ;)