With the 2022/2023 World Cup, women will be able to ski jump. This permission has been requested for several years by athletes, in particular the Norwegian Maren Lundby, in order to put men and women on an equal footing in this discipline.
This is a big step forward for women in ski jumping. The International Ski Federation (FIS) voted unanimously (14 votes in favor, 0 against) to allow women to fly skiing from the 2022/2023 World Cup. Last year, Slovenia, Japan, Austria and Germany vetoed the bill. Ski jumpers expressed their disagreement. Now those who want to fly can do it.
Ski jumpers who participate in the World Cup have been fighting for several years. Maren Lundby, 2018 Olympic champion and three-time winner in this discipline (2018, 2019, 2020), posted a video with other ski jumpers to show that they want to fly like men. French athletes Julia Clair and Josephine Pannier are also part of the movement. During the 2022/2023 World Championships, women will hold their first ski flying competition. It will take place on the Vikersund Ski Jump in Norway and will be very closely monitored. Only fifteen jumpers, who must be of age, will be able to participate. This event will not be part of the official World Cup due to the limited number of jumpers. However, for the first time, women can fly as far as men.
— FIS ski jumping (@FISskijumping) April 13, 2022
Ski flying is a discipline derived from ski jumping. Starting from giant jumps, athletes fly at a speed of more than 100 km/h and overcome more than 200 meters in the air. There are only five ski jumps in the world. The largest of these is Vikersundbakken in Vikersund, Norway. The world record has been held by Austrian Stefan Kraft since 2017. He jumped 253.5 meters from the Vikersund ski jump.
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Photo courtesy of the International Ski Federation.