TIMELINE OF WOMEN IN SKI JUMPING
Women have been ski jumping for over 100 years. When Chamonix, France, hosts the first Olympic Winter Games, ski jumping (for men only) is one of the eight sports. For the next 80 years, women jumped on their own or in informal sporting groups.
International Ski Federation (FIS) establishes Women’s Ski Jumping Working Group.
Austria’s Eva Ganster is the first woman to forejump in the Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Women continued to forejump in subsequent Games thereafter.
First FIS sanctioned ladies summer Grand Prix series. (17 athletes, 7 nations)
First FIS sanctioned ladies winter Grand Prix series.
In May, FIS Congress approves Ladies Continental Cup and Junior World Championships.
In July, first FIS Ladies Continental Cup, Park City, Utah, United States.
First FIS Ladies Junior World Championships, Kranj, Slovenia. (22 athletes, 9 nations)
FIS Congress adds women’s ski jumping to the
Nordic World Championships and by a 114-to-1 vote, recommends women be
included in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. Later that year, the IOC rejects adding a single women's ski jumping event to the Vancouver 2010 program.
Active and retired women jumpers from 5 countries file a discrimination lawsuit in Vancouver to be included in the 2010 Games.
First Nordic World Ski Championships to allow women to participate in ski jumping. Liberec, Czech Republic. American Lindsey Van wins gold, Germany's Ulrike Graessler wins silver, and Norway's Anette Sagen wins bronze.
In July, British Columbia Supreme Court judge
finds that the IOC is discriminating against women jumpers because of
their gender, but stops short of ordering the Vancouver Olympic
Organizing Committee to hold an event for them.
The FIS votes to start a World Cup circuit (highest tier competitions) for women's ski jumping to begin
in the 2011/2012 season. The decision means better jumping venues, larger winnings purse, and
broadcast time for the events.
Austria's Daniela Iraschko wins the 2011 World Championships in Oslo, Norway.
April 6, the IOC Executive Board finally votes to include one women's ski jumping event (normal hill) in the Olympic Winter Games, beginning in Sochi, Russia in 2014.
American Sarah Hendrickson wins 9 of 13 events to become the first ever women's World Cup ski jumping champion.
Hendrickson wins the 2013 World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Japan's Sara Takanashi wins the overall World Cup title.
Feb. 11 - Women compete in ski jumping for the first time in Olympic Winter Games history, 20 years after they began forejumping for the men.