Women's ski jumping makes debut - Window to the Winter Games

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Olympics: Ski Jumping-Ladies' Normal Hill Individual Final Round

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For many years, women ski jumpers were good enough to test out hills before the men jumped, but not good enough for a competition of their own. They faced discrimination and ridiculous medical claims from their opponents, including the insistence the jumps would harm their reproductive systems.

In 2008, American ski jumpers Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome took part in a lawsuit that sued the Vancouver Games for the right to compete in 2010. While the British Columbia Supreme Court ruled they could not force the IOC to add the event, some progress had been made. Women's ski jumping was officially added for the Sochi Games in 2011.
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