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

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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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Jessica Jerome of the U.S. soars through the air during her trial jump in the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre, in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)
Photos of the day from 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics - February 11, 2014
Jessica Jerome of the U.S. soars through the air during her trial jump in the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre, in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)
Sarah Hendrickson of the U.S. reacts after her jump in the first round of the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre, in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
Hendrickson reacts after her jump in the first round of the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
Sarah Hendrickson of the U.S. reacts after her jump in the first round of the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre, in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
Sarah Hendrickson of the U.S. soars through the air in the first round of women's ski jumping individual normal hill event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre, in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
Hendrickson soars through the air in the first round of women's ski jumping individual normal hill event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
Sarah Hendrickson of the U.S. soars through the air in the first round of women's ski jumping individual normal hill event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre, in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
Austria's Daniela Iraschko-Stolz uses a chair lift to go to the ski jump during the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
Austria's Iraschko-Stolz uses a chair lift to go to the ski jump during the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor
Austria's Daniela Iraschko-Stolz uses a chair lift to go to the ski jump during the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
France's Coline Mattel soars through the air in her trial jump during the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
France's Mattel soars through the air during the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor
France's Coline Mattel soars through the air in her trial jump during the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
Sarah Hendrickson of the U.S. soars through the air in her trial jump during the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
Hendrickson of the U.S. through the air during the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor
Sarah Hendrickson of the U.S. soars through the air in her trial jump during the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
Canada's Atsuko Tanaka soars through the air in her trial jump during the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
Canada's Tanaka soars through the air during the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor
Canada's Atsuko Tanaka soars through the air in her trial jump during the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
Germany's Carina Vogt soars through the air during her trial jump in the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre, in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
Vogt soars through the air during her trial jump in the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
Germany's Carina Vogt soars through the air during her trial jump in the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre, in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)

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