U.S. Ski Team members Julia Mancuso, Ted Ligety and Scott Macartney, and Katharine Flores, an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Ohio State University, explain how the materials used to make skis play a vital role in their performance on the mountain.

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Gene's picture
Gene says:

Personally, I think it's an outrage that the IOCC continues to ban women's ski jumping, claiming the sport is "unsafe for women." I think that should be for the contestants to decide for themselves.

posted on Mon, 02/15/2010 - 12:11am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Is that really the reason they give? That's sort of amazing. It's hard to picture someone saying that with a straight face.

I had thought that it had something to do with there being fewer women in ski jumping (although I feel like that would change pretty quickly if it were announced that women's ski jumping would be an Olympic event in four years.)

posted on Mon, 02/15/2010 - 12:53pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

C'mon, John -- when are you going to learn never to doubt Gene? It's the one issue on which right-wing gas bags and knee-jerk liberals agree!

posted on Sun, 02/21/2010 - 6:29pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Oh, don't get me wrong—after I released a breeding pair of cheetahs into my basement (the house is infested now), I decided that I was better off just following what Gene says.

I was just amazed that the safety thing is actually used as an argument. I suppose that the other claim (that there aren't enough female ski-jumpers for it to be an Olympic event) is what gets trotted out when someone points out how ridiculous the first one is.

Interesting, too, that female ski-jumpers have been known to outperform men in some cases (I guess Lindsey Van set the record for a particular hill).

posted on Mon, 02/22/2010 - 10:34am

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