Courageous In and Out of Competition

On February 25th, women ski jumpers competed in the second-ever World Championships open to them.  Horrendous weather conditions were to blame for less than stellar performances by many jumpers.  For example, defending world champion, Lindsey Van, unfortunately did not make the cut to the second round.   This event was an important competition, given the pending decision by the IOC for or against the inclusion of women’s ski jumping in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

As Vic Method, Vice-President, Women’s Ski Jumping USA, put it: “……for these women to jump as well as they did in these conditions was very respectable.”  Indeed, there were indications that the IOC Committee members are “looking favorably” at adding the event to the 2014 Winter Games.  Read more in their press releases:  http://www.wsjusa.com/news/

Phil Hersh, Chicago Tribune’s Olympic Games journalist, wrote of  their “foggy leaps of faith toward the Olympic horizon” and the “IOC’s fog of sexism” —  http://bit.ly/ftRMyU

Beyond this important competition and the even more important pending decision, expected as early as March or April, I’d like to point out an interesting sidebar story on Lindsey Van.  It isn’t often we hear about such heroic acts amongst world class athletes, especially one so unselfish and modest.  However, I read about this from an article their webmaster, Ken Anderson, wrote.  On March 14-15, she will undergo a bone marrow donation procedure. Here’s one paragraph of the article:

“When I asked Lindsey if it was OK to publish this article in an effort to get more people to think about becoming a registered donor candidate, she didn’t hesitate at all. She’s not looking for kudos … she’s lending her name and her story to encourage others to register at www.marrow.org.
You can follow her story on her own blog at www.lindseyvan.com.”

I have been calling the women ski jumpers brave and courageous young women from the first time I  watched them in competition.  I had no idea how courageous they truly are.  I am even more impressed.