“Women are made for making babies and housekeeping, not for hard dangerous sports like ski jumping”, said the coach of the Russian male ski jumping team Aleksandr Arefiev in a recent interview. And you easily can imagine me clenching fists in anger.
There’s still an enormous quantity of men in this sport who think like this. Some try to cover it with sugary hypocricy, some don’t even try, like Arefiev and, to be honest, most of Russian Ski Jumping Federation. What’s the point even if Gian Franco Casper, FIS president, takes liberties to comment on this topic in a nasty chauvinist way every now and then?
Yet our girls, beautiful, strong, brave girls achieved so much through all these years of battles with chauvinism and plain stupidity that surrounds ladies ski jumping.
In three weeks ladies ski jumping is making its debut at the Olympic Games after long, exhausting years of debates, arguments and discussions.
This is a great victory. For all of us. Thank you, girls, for winning an important battle.
Athletes of all the FIS disciplines are elected to the FIS Athlete’s Commission in order to represent their interests. For Ski Jumping, the representatives are Sarah Hendrickson (USA) for the ladies and Andreas Stjernen (NOR) for the men. (source - link is there) (◕◡◕✿)
Lol. I was wondering when someone was going to ask for this one…
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So here is my attempt at a video interview for a fictional college gossip magazine.
This story is actually based partially in fact about the time I accidentally hit my husband in the face.
The Swallow; volume 21, issue 13
Watch the video excerpt from our lead reporter’s, Sarah Hendrickson, interviewing with Samwell Alum and Famous Author, Derek Nurse.
[Audio Description Below]
Derek is dressed in a white button up and dark olive green suit. He has a golden and matching green scarf with gold horn rimmed glasses. His hair is a little gray at the temples. Sarah is behind the camera asking questions.
Derek: “The most embarrassing thing I did while at Samwell,” he pauses to huff a laugh, “was discovering that my then boyfriend, now husband*, was ticklish and then accidentally punching him in the face shortly after.”
(A note flashes at the bottom of the screen, *Derek is referring to Will “Dex” Poindexter, current NHL alternate captain of the Seattle Schooners. )
D: “Yeah, I know I sound awful when I phrase it like that, but, I should preface that I’m an extremely clumsy guy. Dex has given up on glassware being our apartment after I broken 4 glasses in like two months. ”
S: “Okay, but that still doesn’t explain how you ended up punching him, yanno in the face.”
D: “Right. Anyways, Dex and I shared the attic in the Haus (Samwell Men’s Hockey Team’s Frat House). So uhhh, we were -um- doing what typical college boys do alone with their SOs. And I brush against Dex’s side and he almost flinches out from under me. There is this moment when Dex realizes that he knows, that I know, that he is super ticklish in this one spot. Being the caring and compassionate boyfriend, that I am, totally use this to my advantage and continue to tickle him.”
S: “Oh my god. He must’ve been pissed.”
D: “He was livid and shouting at me to stop.” Derek starts to use a very poorly done Maine accent. “Nursey, stop it! Dere, freaking quit it! Derek, f— off! I mean it!” Derek switches back to his normal accent. “Once again, being the wonderful boyfriend, that I am, tells him to ‘Make Me’. This is how end up being flipped off the bed and Dex enacting his revenge by tickling me. The problem is, unlike Dex, can’t breath to tell him to stop. So, I am just blindly throwing out my hands to try and stop him.”
S: “Oh No.”
D: “Yeah. Exactly. One of my hands ends up clipping him in the face. All I hear is a ’S—!’ from him and I am too busy trying to catch my breath to
see where I hit him. By the time, I open my eyes, I see that punched him in the nose, so hard, that he is bleeding profusely. And you would think this would’ve been the end of our humiliation.”
S: “Its not?”
D:“No, because, before I can even apologize, our captain and our goalie come busting into our room to figure out what the hell is going on. Now, I have to explain to them what happen, while Dex deals with his nose. They just laughed and laughed, and called me Mr. K.O. for the immediate future. Luckily, Dex’s nose wasn’t broken, but, he did end up with these nasty black eyes around his nose for like a month afterwards. Everyone thought he got into fight, which meant we had to explain repeatedly until the bruises went away. So, that was my most embarrassing Samwell experience.”
S:“Well that’s all the questions we had today. Thank you Derek for interviewing with us.”
D: “It was my pleasure.”
(Screen fades to black with white typeface that reads “Derek had a new book coming out March 22nd. Please pick up our latest copy of The Swallow to read the rest of this interview.” )
Sara Takanashi is the outstanding athlete in Ladies Ski Jumping. Only 20 years of age the Japanese is about accomplishing a milestone by winning her 50th World Cup competition. Takanashi already won 49 World Cup competitions. That is more than half of all ever held competitions in the FIS World Cup Ladies Ski Jumping.
fisski.com was talking with Sara Takanashi about the competitions in Sapporo and Zao and about her further goals.
Sara Takanashi, Zao is a very special place for you. You took part in your first international competition here, you won your first World Cup here. Still the last weekend did not work out for you like you might have wished. Sara Takanashi: That is true, Zao is very special. I was winning here very many times, this is where the journey began. And the people are always supporting me so much. The last weekend was hard work for me, my jumps did not go easy. But I am even happier, that I could finish the weekend with a podium.
How big is this number 50 to you? Takanashi: Of course, this number means a lot to me. It is huge. But I always knew that the most important thing is the training, the little details. I am always trying to go step by step. I don’t only want to win but I also very much care about the way I am jumping. The beauty of the jump. So the number is important. But it is not the most important thing.
Ladies Ski Jumping is very popular in Japan and so are you. People where very excited before the competitions here about this 50th win. Was this some kind of pressure for you? Takanashi: I was aware of this. And I would have loved to take this 50th win in Sapporo or Zao. It was some kind of pressure. But mainly I am glad about the attention our sport is getting here and how many people in Japan are caring about it. I want to keep going to pay something back and to be a good promoter for our sport.
You are still very young and extremely successful. Do you sometimes have trouble believing it yourself? Takanashi: I don’t really care about my age. That is only a number. I can feel I am not alone because I have so many supporters. They are giving me so much strength. This is what counts.
What do you still want to achieve? What are your goals? Takanashi: I want to be a leader of the Ladies Ski Jumping. And I don’t think I am good enough yet. I am trying to learn from older jumpers like Daniela Iraschko-Stolz. I want to become an Olympic Champion. That is still missing so I have to improve to get the skills I need.
What about the World Championships in Lahti? Are you looking forward? Takanashi: Yes, I am. I never was a World Champion, so this is another goal.
You are a role model for very many of your competitors. Did you ever have somebody you´ve been looking up to? Takanashi: I´ve always admired Sarah Hendrickson. When I went to Sapporo for the first time it was so exciting seeing her. She is a very strong person, she is always positive and it is impressive how she always came back after her injuries. This is admirable.
How are you celebrating your victories? Takanashi: I am celebrating in my heart. I am very happy about every victory. But I have to focus on what is comping up and I have to keep going.
What are you doing to relax? What can you enjoy besides ski jumping? Takanashi: I am getting to meet very many people and enjoying this very much. When the season is over I am still a student, I am studying sports.
Can you imagine becoming a coach one day? Takanashi: My studies are giving me very many options and becoming a coach is one of them. For now I am not thinking about it a lot but I am trying to focus on my sports.