Women ski jump into Olympics’ history

Women ski jump into Olympics’ history


WHAT REALLY IS AN INSPIRINGJERO OF A PERFECT JUMP IS LIKE NOTHING ELSE. >>IT’S EVERLESS, CLEAN AND YOU JUST FLOAT.>>Reporter: JESSICA’S INCREDIBLE OLYMPIC JOURNEY STARTED WITH THIS JUMP AT THE AGE OF 7. >>NUMBER 7, JESSICA JEROME. >>GOOD JUMP, JESS. >>SHE CAME HOME AND ANNOUNCED SHE WANTED TO SKI JUMP. I HAD NO IDEA WHAT SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT. >>Reporter: WITHIN A FEW YEARS SHE WAS COMPETING HITTING JUMPS AT 60 PLUS MILES PER HOUR RIGHT ALONGSIDE THE BOYS.>>WE JUMPED WITH OUR HAIR TUCKED BACK AND YOU COULDN’T TELL THE DIFFERENCE. >>Reporter: IT WAS DECIDED THAT WOMEN WOULD ONLY BE ABLE TO COMPETE AGAINST EACH OTHER. >>WHICH WAS GREAT FOR US BECAUSE WE HAD OUR OWN — WE WANTED OUR OWN COMPETITIONS, BUT THEN THEY WOULD SAY, WELL, YOU JUST DON’T HAVE THE DEPTH THAT THE GUYS HAVE. >>Reporter: THE WOMEN COULD COMPETE BUT NO OLYMPICS AND NO OFFICIAL SUPPORT.>>THE GUYS WERE SPONSORED BY THE U.S. SKI TEAM. THEY HAD A SUBSTANTIAL BUDGET COMPARED TO WHAT THE GIRLS HAD. THE GIRLS HAD NOTHING.>>Reporter: BUT THEY KEPT JUMPING, AND THE FORMER MAYOR OF SALT LAKE CITY WHO HAD FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE WITH THE OLYMPICS GOT INVOLVED. >>THIS IS DISCRIMINATION, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. >>Reporter: BUT FOR DECADES THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE DISAGREED. >>THE SPORT MUST BE WIDELY PRACTICED AROUND THE WORLD. THIS IS NOT THE CASE FOR WOMEN’S SKI JUMPING. >>>JESSICA AND LINDSEY VAN AND GIRLS FROM FIVE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES DECIDED TO TAKE ON THE IOC IN KOUFRMT THEY FILED SUIT AND DEMANDED THAT WOMEN JUMPERS BE INCLUDED IN THE VANCOUVER OLYMPICS. IT TURNED OUT TO BE ANOTHER HEARTBREAKING DEFEAT. >>THERE WAS A LOT OF TIMES WHEN I WASN’T SURE I WANTED TO JUMP ANYMORE. >>Reporter: JESSICA SAYS WATCHING THE VANCOUVER OLYMPICS FELT LIKE SEEING A PARTY THAT SHE WASN’T INVITED TO, AND SHE WAS GETTING TIERTD OF FIGHTING.>>I DIDN’T LIKE HAVING TO BE AN ADVOCATE FOR THE SPORT. I WOULD RATHER HAVE BEEN A PARTICIPANT. >>I WOULD BE THE FIRST TO SAY I WAS VERY NARROW MINDED WHEN THE WOMEN FIRST STARTED FIGHTING. >>Reporter: BUT NOW HE’S A BELIEVER AND HE’LL COACH THE FIRST EVER U.S. WOMEN’S OLYMPIC SKI JUMPING TEAM AT SOCHI. >>THEY ARE GOING TO BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST STORIES OF SOCHI. THEY ALREADY ARE. SUCH A CINDERELLA STORY BECAUSE OF THE PURENESS OF IT.>>TO SEE THESE ATHLETES FINALLY ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS IS JUST FABULOUS.>>TOOK SO LONG. A LOT OF ENERGY. A LOT OF SACRIFICE. IT’S A GREAT MOMENT FOR THEM.>>Reporter: OPENING CEREMONIES, WHAT’S THAT GOING TO BE LIKE FOR YOU?>>I HAVE NO IDEA. I HEAR FROM OTHER PEOPLE THAT IT’S AWESOME AND I’M EXPECTING IT TO BE PROBABLY THE MOMENT WHERE EVERYTHING KIND OF SINKS IN. >>Reporter: JESSICA’S OLYMPIC DREAMS STARTED AS THAT 7-YEAR-OLD WHO LOVED TO JUMP, AND WHILE SHE SAYS SHE’S PROUD OF THE FIGHT IT TOOK TO REALIZE THAT DREAM, SHE’S GLAD IT’S OVER. >>NOW I CAN FOCUS ON TRAINING AND TRYING TO HAVE THE BEST

6 Replies to “Women ski jump into Olympics’ history”

  1. @Campbell Dixon Using the same logic: Women can't be in a vehicle traveling 60km/h because they'll become barren from shaking up their insides…

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