There are winners, and there are champions. And today - the very first day that women ski jumpers have ever competed in the Olympics - seems like the perfect day to single out a champion. “My goal is to make the Olympic team, for girls,” declared ski jumper Lindsey Van in a tv interview back in 1996. She was eleven. It would be 18 more years - until today, February 11, 2014 - that it took her dream to materialize. Not just 18 years of training. But 18 years of - quite literally MAKING the team. As in creating it. Lobbying the Olympic Committee for it. Fighting for it in courts and in public. Willing it into being. And although Lindsey didn’t win the medal we were all hoping for her, those women who did, owe her an enormous debt of gratitude for her tireless fight on their behalf. [Today's winners were Carina Vogt of Germany; Daniel Iraschkostotz of Austria; Coline Mattel of France]. Not many of us probably even realized that women ski jumpers were excluded ...
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