Earlier this month, Holmenkollen Ski Jump, one of Oslo’s best known attractions, reopened after two years of renovation. From 1892, Holmenkollen is the oldest Ski Jump in the world and it’s now completely rebuilt for the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Holmenkollen has always been a very visible landmark in the city and locals have missed the familiar sight high on the hill.
You might be aware of the debate on whether to allow women to set out the largest ski jumps. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) continues their policy of keeping women jumpers out of the Olympics, citing technical reasons. Ski jumping is now the only sport where women are banned from competing.
Norwegians in general feel it’s unfair and incomprehensible why women shouldn’t be allowed to jump, and Oslo City Council decided to give Anette Sagen – one of the world’s best women ski jumpers – the honour of being the inaugural jumper in the new Holmenkollen. Here she flies:
Think the IOC should reconsider? You can always join the Facebook group Let Women Ski Jump! Sochi 2014.
Whether man or woman, if you’re like me, you wouldn’t set out Holmenkollen for anything. But perhaps you’ll reconsider after having a virtual go.