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Ready to Fly

William A. Kerig
Scott Zeller

The True Story of a Dream Worth Fighting For

Since childhood, as a wide-eyed seven-year-old ski jumper with a dream of Olympic flight, Lindsey Van was an outsider in a man's world. Eighteen years later, despite the fact that she jumps as well as (and sometimes better than) the world's best men, she's still locked out of the Olympic athlete club. Why? Because she's a woman.

In its infancy, in 776 BC, the Olympic Games were sweet and somewhat naïve idea. The notion that through sport we could peacefully unite the world regardless of race, creed, or gender? Audacious. Enlightened. But realistic? Not so much. The Olympic Games were an exclusive men-only club. Today, more than 2,000 years later, the Olympic movement is still trying to achieve the dream of universal inclusion so beautifully symbolized in its iconic interlocking rings. The only discipline left that allows men to compete but not women? Ski Jumping.

This winter, Lindsey Van, a reluctant fighter in the battle for gender equality, will once more fly head-first into the fray at the 2011 World Ski Jumping Championships in Oslo, Norway.

Based on how Van and her peers perform, Count Jacques Rogge, the pater familias of the Olympics, will unilaterally decide if women are finally ready to fly at the world’s highest levels.

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