Actress Virginia Madsen's production company is putting together a documentary, Fighting Gravity. The group is slated to have a court date on April 20, a week from Monday.
The subtext seems to be that in sports, there are still certain disciplines which are thought of as a male preserve.
Ski jumping would seem to be that event in the skiing world; the FIS ski jump committee turned down letting women compete a few years ago. However, when it went before the general committee, it was voted in, 114-1. So it goes. This harkens back on a conversation in J-school several years back, that it is notable that women athletes so long as it doesn't threaten male superiority.
The classmate who pointed this out thought it was peculiar that in North America, rugby had taken off as a sports for females instead of tackle football. The latter gets more media coverage by a factor of 1,000, or that instead of baseball, there's fastpitch. In track and field, women were kept from doing the marathon until 1984, while the steeplechase and hammer throw were also sacrosanct.
A Canadian court, along with the International Old Curmudgeons are the ones who need to be convinced, not you or I. It would seem to be eminently qualified, compared to some other events in the Van 2010 programme:
"Eighty-three women from 14 countries are jumping at the elite level. At the same (IOC) meeting, they voted to allow ski cross which had only 35 women from 11 nations competing at that level." -- Deedee Corradini, president, Women's Ski Jumping USAFor that matter, some would say that's on par with hockey (and by the way, anyone who says it's "too soon" to admit females to the Hockey Hall of Fame is being disingenuous and dishonest. It's a Hall of Fame, not a hall of hockey skills; if it was the latter, they would be kicking out pre-First World War players such as Cyclone Taylor and one-eyed Frank McGee.
The ski jumpers' fight and the Madsen doc seems worth a heads-up on a slow news day. The path to justice is a long one.
Incidentally, TSN today aired a commercial for nordic skier Chandra Crawford's fast and female program during the Canada-U.S. game, in between the ads for the ShamWow. The next step is to air one during Sportscentre's time slot on a night when it's the lead-in to a first-round Stanley Cup playoff game, but don't count on it.