Ski jumping women in Sochi


Web Editor - Amanda Roberts
Reporter - Johnette Worak

 Almost a century after men began competing to see who could jump the farthest off a snow-covered ramp on skis, the women will finally get their chance.

For the best female ski jumpers in the world, February 11th marks a successful campaign to get to Sochi, Russia.

"We're excited to share our sport with the world," US Olympic ski jumpers, Lindsay Van and Jessica Jerome heard all the excuses- ski jumping was too dangerous, their bodies weren't strong enough.

In 2010 the pair filed an unsuccessful suit ahead of the 2010 Olympics, but four years later they're now in the games.

"We did fight for this for many years from sponsors to parents to even lawyers at some point there was definitely a big movement," said Jerome.

But this year, Olympic athletes are worrying about more than their competition- this year there are big safety concerns.

Russian President Vladimir Putin promises safe games, but militants have gone to the air waves threatening revenge for Muslim blood spilled around the world.

Ski jumper Lindsey Van says she's not really worried,  "I feel the USOC and IOC and The Russian Governments are going to provide that safety for us. I hope they're able to put the political stuff aside and focus on sport. That's what the Olympics are about."

Meanwhile, Van's parents won't be in Sochi to cheer for her, but Jerome's will.

As for the likely candidate to win gold, the favorite is Japan's Sara Takanashi who is only 17 years old.

But Lindsay Van says anyone could be on that medal stand, "Japan, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Norway, Hopefully us. I'll say look for us."

And an American looking to threaten Takanashi is Sarah Hendrickson. 

Hendrickson beat Takanashi at last year's World Championships, but tore her ACL in August. 

Hendrickson returned just in time to qualify for this year's team.