First Girl to Ski Jump in an Olympic Event

According to Yahoo! sports, the first ever women’s ski jump event took place this past week in the Sochi Olympics. Kevin Kaduk, writer for Yahoo! sports, went inside the U.S. team and covered a story on one special woman jumper, Sarah Hendrickson. The article does not start off as good as it ends talking about Sarah’s. Late last year, Sarah’s hopes of a first time ever gold medal, not only for herself but for all women almost came crashing down due to a torn ACL and MCL that resulted from a crash. This knee injury led to Sarah having a lower gate at this years Olympics, which is understandable knowing how long a torn ACL takes to heal let alone get back to such an extreme sport. Even though the injury is a disappointment to Sarah, she still will proudly be the first woman ever to take on the jump at an Olympic game. This is the first time since men starting the ski jump in the 1924 Olympics that women are allowed to compete. Kevin later explained in the article that in the past women were good enough to test out the hills for the men, but never good enough to compete. The reason for women not being able to compete was because they faced discrimination and medical claims that the jumps were too dangerous for them and could possibly harm their reproductive systems. In 2008, Hendrickson sued the Vancouver Games for the right to compete in 2010. They were successful and were allowed in Sochi in 2011. 27 women were apart of this movement, and all have something to be proud of.

There are many takeaways from this article that can be interpreted in many ways. One takeaway is the fact as to why women were never allowed to compete. This is something that is not ethically correct just because of the fact they could not do it because of their bodies. Ultimately, women are not that different from men having two legs and two arms which is good enough credibility to perform something that they are fully capable of. Another takeaway from the article is the fact that the women had to sue the Vancouver Games to get their point across. This might possibly lead to other sports wanting to do the same thing. Discrimination should not be tolerated in the Olympic Games and the women skiers made that apparent. Lastly, another takeaway is how much our society has progressed in the last years. Women are no longer to be thought of as a lower to men, but equal and just as strong!


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