There are few things more inspiring than the Olympics. To see these athletes perform in a sport they love and have sacrificed so much for all in the name of their country is both moving and motivating.
One of the top headlines at these particular Olympic Games is the inclusion of women’s ski jumping. For as long as the Winter Olympics have existed, ski jumping has been involved, but it’s only now, 90 years later, that women get their opportunity to participate in the coveted Games. This victory was an uphill battle, even including a lawsuit taken all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Currently, any new sport that gets added to the Games must include a sport for female competition. However, the fight continues. For example, the Nordic Combined competition, a sport in which both men and women compete in internationally, is still a male-only event at the Olympics.
Women everywhere are fighting for more than Olympic medals, but we’re grateful to the women and organizations who petitioned and pushed for women’s ski jumping to be included in the Games, and to grab their spot on the international stage that they so rightfully deserve. Their pursuit of equality is an inspirational demonstration to women and girls everywhere, and in many ways, is worth so much more than a podium finish.
Good luck to all the female jumpers competing in this event, including the United States’ Sarah Hendrickson, Lindsey Van, and Jessica Jerome. Go USA!