I heard an interesting story on NPR yesterday about a discrimination lawsuit against the Olympics. Ten women from six countries are suing to seek the right to participate in ski jumping at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. Ski jumping is the only sport that is open to men, but closed to women. The ten women claim that the Vancouver Organizing Committee, a quasi-governmental entity, is violating the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by staging an event for men that excludes women. The story interviewed a Canadian law professor who says that the case is a real toss-up.
THE TWIST? The Olympic ski jumping competition will be held at Vancouver’s K9 mountain. 24 year old American Lindsey Van, one of the plaintiffs in the suit, holds the distance record – men or women – for the mountain. I think the women are qualified to participate.
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