Women Can’t Jump

When I think of the Olympics, I rarely consider that each event has both a mens and a womens division. I tend to focus more on the sport itself regardless of who is competing. After all, the Olympics is supposed to encourage the spirit of friendly competition, and not highlight major flaws, such as gender bias. Unfortunately this year's winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, is doing just that. Women ski jumpers have petitioned to join every Winter Olympics since Nagano in 1998, and each time they have been denied by the International Olympics Committee (IOC). So what's the deal? Well, the IOC is sidestepping the issue. They've issued a written statement that reads "Women's Ski Jumping does not reach the necessary technical criteria and as such does not yet warrant a place alongside other Olympic events." Yet female ski jumpers argue the point (read about it here). Lindsey Van, current world record holder for the longest jump, is quick to point out that they meet the necessary criteria. But it may be a long time before we see women flying off the end of a ski jump in front of Olympic judges. IOC member Dick Pound is quoted as saying "If in the meantime you're making all kinds of allegations about the IOC and how it's discriminating on the basis of gender," he warned, "the IOC may say, 'Oh yeah, I remember them. They're the ones that embarrassed us and caused us a lot of trouble in Vancouver, maybe they should wait another four years or eight years.'" Yes, you read that right. He is publicly threatening female ski jumpers to keep them out of the Olympics for years if they persist. So much for the spirit of friendly competition.
     Posted By: Nethie - Fri Feb 12, 2010
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That was my thought too, martel. His name being Dick can't be an accident.
Posted by Nethie on 02/12/10 at 01:22 PM
Yup, weird, but: Lindsey Vonn née Kildow, was born October 18, 1984 in Saint Paul, Minnesota and Lindsey Van was born November 27, 1984 in Detroit, Michigan.
Posted by Nethie on 02/12/10 at 03:07 PM
In the military would be Pound, Dick.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/12/10 at 10:30 PM
his last name should be head to match his attitude.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/13/10 at 02:32 AM
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