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women_For women ski jumpers, the 2010 Vancouver Games weren’t as action packed as they would have liked. Instead of competing they had to watch from the sidelines, but that’s nothing new…for now.

Despite a major push to win approval, women ski jumpers weren’t allowed to compete at the games. In fact, ski jumpers have been petitioning since the 1998 Nagano Olympics, but the International Olympics Committee (IOC) has denied women jumpers every time. Even though the IOC opened all future sports to both men and women in 1991, that decision didn’t change the rules for ski jumping.

As one of the 16 original events in the inaugural Winter Games, ski jumping has a longstanding history in the Olympics dating back to 1924. Since then, the times have changed drastically, minus the fact that ski jumping still remains a men only event. Changes are only now coming about for the 2011-12 season after the approval of a World Cup circuit for women by the International Ski Federation. The unanimous vote has given women ski jumpers a renewed sense of hope that they’ll finally be competing in the 2014 Sochi Games in Russia.

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