Women’s ski jumping might not yet be in the Olympics (decision is still pending), but it continues to gain respect. For the second year in a row, the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame (ASJHF) has included a female in its list of athletes for its December induction. Congratulations to Jessica Jerome for being selected as an inductee this year!
The full press release of Jerome’s selection and ceremony details can be found at the Women’s Ski Jumping USA page.
Typically an athlete is inducted into his or her sport’s halls of fame after a lengthy career and numerous medals, which often includes a gold, silver, or bronze from the Olympics. Yet for Jerome, her hall of fame induction is coming first without any Olympic medal hung around her neck. While Jerome is a veteran ski jumper with numerous victories, she still has not been allowed to compete in the Olympics.
A decision on whether female jumpers will be allowed to compete in the 2014 Games is pending, with a decision coming in March or April 2011. Until it gains acceptance by all, the ladies will continue to need funding to cover training and travel costs. Unlike their male counterparts in the sport, they do not receive funding from the US Ski & Snowboard Association.
Congrats again to Jessica, who truly embodies the Olympic motto:
Swifter, Higher, Stronger.