I don’t consider myself a sports fan by any means, but there’s just something about the Olympics that makes my heart all fluttery, and I promise you it’s not the annoying sound of Bob Costas dragging us through yet another mindless highlight reel. 

 

(sorry, Bob.)

Over the next few days, my brain will be playing the Olympic theme song non-stop, and I’ll probably catch myself humming it under my breath in the office, in which case I give everyone permission to smack me. The point of this post, however, is not to flaunt my inescapable love for the Olympics or to promote this year's Olympics-- around which human rights violations have occurred-- but to make sure that everyone knows that for the first time, Women’s Ski Jumping will be included in the games, and if you don’t understand why that’s exciting yet, allow me to provide illustrations.

Let's all just take a minute to understand how high this is. Jumpers start from the top of a ramp that usually clocks in at about 300 feet, and reach speeds of up to 60 mph when they fly off the end of the jump. Then, they lean forward in a position that looks like their ankles are about to snap in half, and most manage to land pretty gracefully.

 

 

You're seeing this, right? It’s a bit of a treacherous sport, and it can be unforgiving if you beef the landing, which means it’s totally gnarly, and I’m 100% down to watch it for hours on end. Is there really anything better than watching a bunch of badass ladies zoom down an ice chute and actually manage to achieve the worldwide childhood dream of human flight for a few glorious moments? Nothing is coming to mind.

 

Women have been competing in ski jumping for over a century (THEY STARTED IN ANKLE LENGTH SKIRTS…WHAT?), and have petitioned to be allowed their own category in the Olympic games since 1998, only gaining permission from the Olympic Committee this year.  They had been previously banned from the sport because of what I lovingly (read: irately) refer to as Bro Science: apparently if you have a vagina and jump off of really high things, it's bad for your uterus and you won't be able to have babies because of reasons (aka unfounded theorizing). Yuuuuuuck. It’s been a long time coming, and I am so excited to be able to celebrate another victory for women’s representation in professional sports! Here’s to our lady skiers!

 

Editor's Note: This post is meant to highlight the talented female athletes appearing at the 2014 Olympics and to celebrate the increase of inclusivity in the games. It's in no way an affirmation of the horrific human rights violations that have occurred surrounding the Sochi games, and we continue to support the fight of LGBT women, men, and individuals globally.


Video via TEAM USA

Women have been competing in ski jumping for over a century (THEY STARTED IN ANKLE LENGTH SKIRTS…WHAT?), and have petitioned to be allowed their own category in the Olympic games since 1998, only gaining permission from the Olympic Committee this year.  They had been previously banned from the sport because of what I lovingly (read: irately) refer to as Bro Science: apparently if you have a vagina and jump off of really high things, it's bad for your uterus and you won't be able to have babies because of reasons (aka unfounded theorizing). Yuuuuuuck. It’s been a long time coming, and I am so excited to be able to celebrate another victory for women’s representation in professional sports! Here’s to our lady skiers!

 

Editor's Note: This post is meant to highlight the talented female athletes appearing at the 2014 Olympics and to celebrate the increase of inclusivity in the games. It's in no way an affirmation of the horrific human rights violations that have occurred surrounding the Sochi games, and we continue to support the fight of LGBT women, men, and individuals globally.


Video via TEAM USA

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Tagged in: Women in sports, sochi, lindsey van, Jessica Jerome, 2014 olympic games   

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