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Snow is sexist: “Equality” for women in winter Olympics leads to ghastly injuries–to women

February 20, 2014

For years women have been screaming “gender discrimination!” at the International Olympic committee because women were barred from some of the more extreme and dangerous sports competitions:

The IOC has managed to institutionalize discrimination against women athletes and violate national human rights codes. Keeping… women [ski] jumpers out of the games is blatant gender discrimination by most standards, which US and Canadian law expressly prohibits. Moreover, it violates the spirit of the Olympics, whose own charter seeks “respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.”

OK, so now women ski jumpers get to compete at Sochi just like the men, and “equality” reigns on the slopes. The upshot is this:

Sarka Pancochova, a Czech snowboarder, led the slopestyle event after the first run. On her second trip down the course of obstacles and jumps, she flew through the air, performed a high-arcing, spinning trick and smacked her head upon landing. Her limp body spun like a propeller into the gully between jumps and slid to a stop.

Pancochova was soon on her feet, and the uneasy crowd cheered. Her helmet was cracked nearly in half, back to front.

She was one of the lucky ones, seemingly O.K., but her crash last week was indicative of a bigger issue: a messy collage of violent wipeouts at these Olympics. Most of the accidents have occurred at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, the site of the snowboarding and freestyle skiing events like halfpipe, slopestyle and moguls.

And most of the injuries have been sustained by women.

Through Monday night, a review of the events at the Extreme Park counted at least 22 accidents that forced athletes out of the competition or, if on their final run, required medical attention. Of those, 16 involved women. The proportion of injuries to women is greater than it appears given that the men’s fields are generally larger.

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On the first qualifying run of snowboarding’s version of the event, in which athletes are timed descending alone, Helene Olafsen of Norway, a medal favorite, wrecked and hurt her knee. Five riders later, Jackie Hernandez of the United States landed sideways and fell backward, sustaining a concussion when her head hit the ground. In the finals, Michela Moioli of Italy crashed, and injured her knee.

 In moguls, Heidi Kloser of the United States broke her leg and tore knee ligaments, and Seo Jung-hwa of South Korea sustained a concussion. In training for the skiing halfpipe, Rowan Cheshire of Britain was knocked out when she smashed her face on a landing. She left on a stretcher, spent the night in a hospital and posted a photograph on Twitter.

In snowboard slopestyle, Merika Enne of Finland, Christy Prior of New Zealand and Kjersti Buaas of Norway were knocked out of the competition, apparently sustaining concussions.

On the same course, in ski slopestyle, Yuki Tsubota of Canada cartwheeled violently after a jarring landing, her knee smashing her jaw. It followed the now-familiar progression: a nasty tumble, a huddle of medics and a downhill ride in a stretcher, out of the Olympics.

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While men are now attempting triple flips, women are not to the point of doing doubles. [Canadian slopestyle ski coach J.F.] Cusson believes that the smaller jumps are sufficient for the tricks that women are doing. At last year’s world championships in Norway, Cusson required his team to use the smaller jumps to limit injuries. Some women were upset, afraid that their scores from judges would be lower without the greater risk. But Canada finished first, second and fifth in the competition.

“If all the girls did it, if they all hit the smaller jump, the problem would be solved,” Cusson said.

But most women grew up in a time when they view themselves as capable as men.

Capable they may be–but they’re obviously not as strong, as rugged, or as fast. Maybe they could sue Mother Nature for gender discrimination.

H/T: Steve Sailer

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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One Comment
  1. Lastango permalink

    “But most women grew up in a time when they view themselves as capable as men.”

    To reach that self-concept, girls and women in sport have had a lot of help from the media. Here’s a piece documenting and exposing some of that hype:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/225402/olympian-political-correctness/todd-gallagher

    Of course, not all these journalists are calculating propagandists. Some are low-information, able to get ahead by floating along on the zeitgeist. Some are under-educated, incurious, or inexperienced. Others are just plain stupid. Take your pick, their output is similar. All have learned they will never be faulted — at least not by anyone who matters — for puffery about women in sports.

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