This post is dedicated to the U.S. Women's Ski Jumping team, as well as beneficiaries – past, present and future – of Title IX.
If you've been under a rock, you might not have heard that women's ski jumping is an inaugural event at the Winter Olympics. Three U.S. women, Sarah Hendrickson, Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome, will make history as they represent their country in Sochi. Not surprisingly, daring women have been jumping since the discipline emerged in Norway circa 1863. However, they have long been denied entry to the most prestigious competition. Female jumpers have petitioned the IOC continuously since before the 1998 Nagano Games and finally they will have their due.
Although Title IX has broken down barriers in sports and education for both sexes, the struggle highlighted by the women's ski jumping shows that we still have a long way to go.