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TheActiveTimes: New Olympic Events for 2014

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Women's Ski Jump

One of the more extreme of the extreme sports, ski jumping has skiiers hurtle down a ramp at some 60 mph to build momentum before soaring off of it for the distance of a 120 yards or more.

The inclusion of this event in the Winter Olympics was a long time coming for professional female ski jumpers, who had lobbied for its addition for more than a decade before it finally made it into the list in April 2011. Female contenders were told the jumping action the event required was medically inappropriate for women, according to non-profit Women’s Ski Jumping USA, which pushed for the women’s event to be added to the Olympics.

Ski jumping was the only event—besides Nordic combined which includes cross country skiing and ski jumping—not to allow women to participate in the Winter or Summer Games, according to Women’s Ski Jumping USA.

(Credit: Sarah Brunson / US Ski Team)
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