Olympics: Lindsey Van

Women's ski jumping is expected to receive the blessing of the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday morning in London. Stephen Wilson of The Associated Press reported that unnamed IOC executive board members said the decision is all but certain and the women will be flying in Sochi.

The discipline (and its cousin, Nordic Combined) is the lone male-only bastion on the Olympic skiing program, and the exclusion of a women's event reflects a retro bias that has become impossible to justify.

Detractors have argued there isn't enough depth among the women on the elite level and cited the fact that the first women's world championships (won by Lindsey Van of the U.S.) were held in 2009. It's funny how much this rationale seems to crop up in discussion of women's sports, but is absent when the IOC adds an event like ski cross -- with all due respect -- not because it has centuries of tradition and a fabulously deep field, but because it's TV-friendly and skews young. (Ski cross was first contested at the freestyle world championships in 2005 and voted onto the Olympic schedule in 2006.)

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