Avengers of the Week | Women Olympic Ski Jumpers

 photo credit: Republic of Korea from Seoul, Republic of Korea [ CC BY-SA 2.0 ],  via Wikimedia Commons

photo credit: Republic of Korea from Seoul, Republic of Korea [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia were a first for a group of women who went to great heights to get there (see what we did there?). Women’s ski jumping made its debut at the Sochi Olympics and is present once again this year in PyeongChang. In order to be allowed to compete at the Olympic level, however, the jumpers had to persevere through a court battle, during which they had to not only defend their athleticism but also prove that their reproductive organs should not discount them from the sport.

Yes, they actually had to prove that their reproductive organs would not be “obliterated” upon landing.

Like other women’s events, they still have a way to go before they achieve full gender equality (same number of events, same level of difficulty as men), but having a ski boot in the door is the perfect first step.

Breaking News: Women can ski jump without having their reproductive organs obliterated upon landing. Women Olympic ski jumpers are our Avengers of the Week! #genderavenger #Olympics https://www.genderavenger.com/blog/avengers-of-the-week-women-olympic-ski-jumpers