“The inclusion of these events … is sure to be appreciated by athletes and sports fans alike,” IOC president Jacques Rogge said. “These are exciting, entertaining events that perfectly complement the existing events on the sports program, bring added appeal and increase the number of women participating at the Games.”
See also: Bonnie D. Ford’s blog post at ESPN.com
Ski jumping was the last male-only skiing discipline in the Olympics. The women had petitioned for inclusion for years; but, leading up to the 2010 Vancouver Games, a multinational group of competitors mounted a more concerted effort to get on the schedule and eventually took their case to court. Although they lost, Corradini — president of Women’s Ski Jumping USA, the foundation that funds the women’s program — said the lawsuit was still the turning point in her mind.