Jumpers further prove overdue inclusion

Updated: February 12, 2014, 8:24 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | espnW.com

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- None of the hydraulics that enabled women's ski jumping to go wheels-up at the Winter Olympic Games on Tuesday were visible to the naked eye. Like most smooth takeoffs, it went by in a blink.

To see the years of engineering the evening entailed, it was necessary to look elsewhere. It was necessary to witness the exhilaration written across Lindsey Van's face.

"It actually feels for the first time in my life that I'm living now and not talking ...

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