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What year is this? 1906?
Posted by: McQ on Friday, February 17, 2006

Under the category of "are you kidding me" the International Ski Federation has decided that ski jumping is too dangerous for women:
The International Ski Federation has ruled that ski jumping is too dangerous for women, making it the only winter Olympic sport that has male competitors and no female counterparts.

"It's like jumping down from, let's say, about two meters on the ground about a thousand times a year, which seems not to be appropriate for ladies from a medical point of view," the federation's president Gian Franco Kasper said on National Public Radio.
I'm sorry, what did he say? Not "appropriate for ladies from a medical point of view"? Since when is the ISF a medical authority?

Maybe the Islamic infiltration of Europe is more complete than we thought. [/snark]
"Open your eyes," Alissa said. "I mean it's the 21st century. It's time to take this more seriously."
The ISF is scheduled to vote this spring on whether to include women's ski jumping in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

You might want to look them up and send 'em an email to remind them that we're talking about the 2010 Olympics, not 1910.
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Well of course he’s right. Those petticoats can get all tangled up.

Written By: MIke Z
Or is it the burkas?
Written By: McQ
For what it’s worth, International Ski Federation is abbreviated FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski)

Written By: bains
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For what it’s worth, International Ski Federation is abbreviated FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski)
We don’t do French, bains. ;)

But that will probably make it easier to find them on a Google search ... thanks.
Written By: McQ
Oh, come on! Why would women complain about this? After all, they have synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics all to themselves...

Written By: Steverino
It may not be 2 meters but this Maxim guy is well over 1 meter, and with his arms up , Tatiana fell from a good 1 1/2 meter... onto her face! (No petty coats though, just a negligee.)

And that’s Figure Skating, you know, the sissy sport... (My wife loves it so I am caught in the knowledge loop, so be it.)

By the way, that fall was in October 2004. They just won the Gold Medal a few days ago.
Written By: Tom_with_a_Dream
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I agree with this ruling. I also think that all married women should wear white, so they can blend in with the other kitchen appliances.
Written By: kyle N
Another for what it’s worth, the US has more homologated hills than Canada, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Sweden. And I can look out of my living room window and see the top of this town’s big hill; and in traditional parlance, we’ve got a 90m, 70m, 50m, 25m, and a 15m jumping hill. I’ve jumped the normal hill (K100) on alpine gear - along with women. I’ve seen little girls (8-18) jumping all except the K114 (big hill) on nordic gear. To deny them the opportunity to compete at the most challenging and most demanding levels is the wrong thing to do.

and yet another FWIW, Fédération Internationale de Ski is the official website of the FIS
Written By: bains
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I suggest the board of the FIS play a match against the Canadas female hockey team.
Written By: unaha-closp

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