Sunday, February 21, 2010

Women athletes in Vancouver

The NY Times reports:
Ski jumping and the related sport of Nordic combined are the only events at the Winter Games that bar women from competing. ...

Ski jumpers fly the length of a football field or more at speeds of 50 to 60 miles per hour, and some women, like the American Lindsey Van, perform on par with men.
If she is really on a par with the men, why doesn't she compete against them? I didn't think that there was any rule against women competing against men. The sex tests have been abolished, anyway.

It seems to me that several of the events would be better if they let men and women compete without splitting the sexes anyway. Why are there separate men's and women's curling teams?

I thought this was a typo, but apparently ski jump champ Lindsay Van is no relation of the more famous ski champ Lindsay Vonn.

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