Originally Posted by MojoMan
...You then proceeded to state Ski Jumping should remain an Olympic sport because it is popular in some parts of Europe.
You completely overlooked China, the Middle East, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, India, the African Continent, and South America.
So, I simply replied that there is a rest of the world and you
should see it sometime. There is life beyond Europe. The vast majority of the world, in fact, does not care about ski jumping in the least. So, before passing judgements on North Americans for being myopic in terms of their view of the world community, please make sure you have your corrective glasses on as well. There indeed is life outside of European alpine communities.
China does have some pretty good jumpers.
and we are tawkin 'WINTER' Olympics here, so reference to Middle East (even including the mountaineous regions, most all of africa, 99% of India by Pop, Most of SA by Pop,,, and so on... any possible 'local' participation (indoor Skiing aside in Dubai and Saudi Arabia).
Lets face it Winter Sport, most of it is not availble to much of the world's pop, so by rights we should not have ANY Winter Olympics. But that's not the point.
Point made by the PO is : Jumping is in the Olympics, regardless of its significance. Since there isn;t a women's jumping event, why not let them qualify for the men's?
As pointed out before, jump distance isn't a consideration, since it is adjusted by the takeoff depending on the day's conditions.
So the real question is, can she qualify for the Canadian team? Or does she need to move to Jamaica?
We're not tawkin 'contact sport' here. So does the IOC continue to wear the mantel of gender discrimination?
Boycotting at this point seems a bit late for any action this year. 2 wks before it all starts seems impossibly short to get a change in view and some action; considering how 'glacial' the IOC can move. But I'll definitely send some emails to the concerned parties stating my POV.
This could be a real opportunity for Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee to hit the forefront and be a leader in the Olympic Movement, if they made any effort to champion this cause.
If she's allowed to jump, whom would it hurt? I mean, the Jamacian Bobsled Team, Eddie The Eagle - they upheld the Olympic ideal quite well and gave us opportunity to root for the underdog.