First week of the Olympics!

Posted in Ski Jumping on February 18, 2010 by Vanessa Pierce

Although I am not part of the games this year, I have been glued to the TV, watching all the athletes from the USA compete. I personally know many of these athletes from training at the same gym here in Park City, so it is so fun to watch them do their things. My favorite moment so far has been Johnny Spillane winning the silver medal on the normal hill. I have known all the Nordic combined athletes for years, and have trained side by side with them on the jump. That was such a cool race to watch all the Americans do so well with Johnny in 2nd, Todd Lodwick 4th, Billy Demong 6th, and Brett Camerota in 36th. I look forward to watching the K125 event, and the team event. The US athletes have very good chances in the next Nordic Combined competitions. It was also great to watch Julia Mancuso, and Lindsey Vonn claim the top two spots in the Downhill podium last night. The emotion showed by Vonn shows how hard she has worked, and I was very inspired by her.
Of course I can’t forget about the Ski Jumping. I am pulling for the young US team to do well. Good luck to Anders Johnson, Pete Frentte, and Nick Alexander for the large hill event. My guess for this event is Simon Ammann, he is jumping so well, and will be hard to beat.
Congrats to all the US athletes that have taken part in the Olympics, I will keep watching!!!

Olympic time—not for me but for my friends!

Posted in Alta, ESPN, Lindsey Van, MSNBC, Olympics, Secret, Ski Jumping on February 12, 2010 by Vanessa Pierce

The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver are underway. I’m sad I can’t be there, but I will be watching to support my friends. Nonetheless, I’m still moving along. Secret has started a new campaign called “Let Her Jump,” which is very positive (check it out at Secret.com). Also, I’m now an Ambassador for Cross Sportswear. I’m really excited to put that clothing to use at the Snowbird Nationals (my first freeskiing comp this March).

Yes, I won’t be competing at the Olympics, and there is plenty of media talking about that. So here are some videos from MSNBC’s freelancer Anna Bloom and Secret. Also, watch ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on Feb. 14 to see a feature on me. The filmers came a month ago and shot me jumping at the Utah Olympic Park, freeskiing at Alta, working as a PT aide at Alpine Sports Medicine, and hanging out. They are coming back tonight to film me watching the Opening Ceremonies :-( but I will be with dear friends and cheering on all of my friends who I know will do awesome this fortnight!

To view the MSNBC documentary, CLICK here.

What’s New???

Posted in Ski Jumping on January 22, 2010 by Vanessa Pierce

Hello everybody! Just checking in letting anybody who wants to know what I have been up to. Currently I am in Eau Claire Wisconsin for their competitions tonight and tomorrow. It’s great to see how into ski jumping this region of the USA is. It has been a tradition here for many years. Everybody knows what ski jumping is here and plans to come and watch the events here. I have been doing lots of media here to advertise the events, it’s been pretty fun.

Other than being here in Eau Claire, I was busy at home working, doing some training, skiing, and having fun. ESPN came for a few days to shoot a story on Womens Ski Jumping a few weeks ago. It was a good experience having them follow me around for few days. Interested in seeing the story, although I really don’t like watching myself on tv. That story will be on Feb 14th, on the program Outside the Lines.

I heard it’s snowing in Park City, well of course everytime I leave it snows. I hope everybody is enjoying the snow, save me some.

Watch this, sign up to donate bone marrow!

Posted in Ski Jumping on December 27, 2009 by Vanessa Pierce

More to Live For – Preview from Noah Hutton on Vimeo.

Seun, my roommate from last summer has leukemia, and needs a bone marrow transplant to save his life. One problem, he cannot find a donor. Please register to donate bone marrow, because it could save a life.

F is for Failure and Fun

Posted in Ski Jumping on December 22, 2009 by Vanessa Pierce

Early this morning, I was notified that our application to the Supreme Court was denied.  This is the end of the road of the legal battle.  In many ways I am relieved that it is over, but at the same time pretty numb to it all at this point.  I have not let myself get my hopes up at all, because of too many let downs.  I have taken a lot of the emotion of out it, and have tried not to think about it.  Honestly, I am not that suprised, kind of a sad thing to say.  Of course in the back of my mind in some imagination station I dreamed of being able to take part in the Olympics, but reality kicked in.  The reality is that the IOC can go into any country and do whatever they want.  This stubborn, corrupt organization is above the law and bound by no laws.  ROGGE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD!!!

I have been asked several times if I will travel to Vancouver to watch the Olympics?  My answer “HELL NO!!!”  Why would I go somewhere I was not invited.  I will not support the corrupt IOC.  Rogge can prance around all he wants at his own party with his own invited guests. 

I have also been asked several times what I am going to do, and what my plan is.  I didn’t know that many people really cared.  At this point I don’t know.  I am not going to make any hasty decisions.  I am taking some time off to make this big decision.  There are a lot of variables in this equation, and I am not that good at math, so I am still thinking.  I have had a few jump sessions this winter, and plan on jumping again soon.  I jump for fun, and only have been out when I felt the need for some flying.  I have been skiing as much as I can.  I am skiing for Alta this winter, so I have had a lot of fun ripping around with some ladies at Alta.  I have entered the Freeskiing World Tour comp up at Snowbird this winter, so I am looking forward to that.  I am also doing a lot of Bikram yoga at Tadasana here in Park City.  Yoga is a sweaty mess as usual, but feels so good.  Other than skiing and yoga, I have been working at Alpine Sports Medicine, and spending time hanging out with friends.  I am enjoying the time, and enjoying not doing sport-specific training every day.  I plan on going back to school in the spring, but until then I will continue to have fun skiing, jumping, and doing whatever I want!

Thanks for all the support everybody.  Go ski some powder and have a great holiday season!!!

Denied

Posted in lawsuit, Lindsey Van, Ski Jumping on July 11, 2009 by Vanessa Pierce

102-med-m1247270629Vancouver, BC (July 10, 2009) — The culmination of the women’s ski jumping controversy covered in Issue 2.4 delivered a dissapointing result for the athletes as the BC Supreme Court rejected a bid today to allow women’s ski jumping in the 2010 Olympics.

“Judge Lauri Ann Fenlon ruled against an elite, international group of 15 women ski jumpers who had sued VANOC over their exclusion from Olympic ski jumping at the 2010 Games. They had asked for a declaration that the Games must either include women’s ski jumping or have no ski jumping competitions at all.

However, in a moral victory for the women plaintiffs, Judge Fenlon found that their exclusion from the Winter Olympics is discriminatory. She noted that many of them have trained with and competed against men who will be Olympians next year.

‘The plaintiffs will be denied this opportunity for no reason other than their sex,’ Judge Fenlon wrote.

But she concluded that VANOC was not in breach of the Charter because the decision to keep their event from the Olympics was made by the International Olympic Committee, and only the IOC has the power to include the women at the Games. The IOC, she pointed out, is not bound by Canada’s Charter.”

So, while it was a moral victory, ultimately, the IOC has its way for 2010. We can only hope things will change for Russia 2014.

Source: Globe and Mail

We lost

Posted in lawsuit, Lindsey Van, Ski Jumping on July 10, 2009 by Vanessa Pierce

The court decision came today, and we lost. It’s sad, and I’m disappointed and still don’t understand. I’m putting excerpts of articles below. For entire story, click on the publication’s bold print. Also, Judge Fenlon’s decision can be downloaded from The Globe and Mail excerpt.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL

The B.C. Supreme Court has rejected a high-profile bid by women ski jumpers to be included in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Judge Lauri Ann Fenlon ruled against an elite, international group of 15 women ski jumpers who had sued VANOC over their exclusion from Olympic ski jumping at the 2010 Games. They had asked for a declaration that the Games must either include women’s ski jumping or have no ski jumping competitions at all.

However, in a moral victory for the women plaintiffs, Judge Fenlon found that their exclusion from the Winter Olympics is discriminatory. She noted that many of them have trained with and competed against men who will be Olympians next year.

“The plaintiffs will be denied this opportunity for no reason other than their sex,” Judge Fenlon wrote.

Read the decision (PDF)

But she concluded that VANOC was not in breach of the Charter because the decision to keep their event from the Olympics was made by the International Olympic Committee, and only the IOC has the power to include the women at the Games. The IOC, she pointed out, is not bound by Canada’s Charter.

“There will be little solace to the plaintiffs in my finding that they have been discriminated against [but] there is no remedy available to them in this Court,” she concluded in her 42-page decision released today.

“This is the outcome I must reach because the discrimination that the plaintiffs are experiencing is the result of the actions of a non-party (the IOC) which is neither subjected to the jurisdiction of this Court, nor governed by the Charter.”

There are three ski jumping events for men on the Games’ schedule, and none for women. Women ski jumpers argued this was a breach of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. …..

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SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

Park City’s Lindsey Van won’t be ski jumping at the upcoming Vancouver Olympics, and neither will any other female athletes.

The reigning inaugural world champion is among 15 plaintiffs who lost their lawsuit against the Vancouver Olympic Games Organizing Committee on Friday, when Justice Lauri Ann Fenlon of the British Columbia Supreme Court ruled that the decision to exclude their sport is not illegal under Canadian law — even though it was discriminatory.

“In my mind, that’s pretty crazy,” Van said.

In a high-profile case that threatened to force historic changes just months before the Vancouver Games, the women had argued that being excluded from the Olympics violates Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which prohibits gender discrimination in government services.

But in a 42-page ruling, Fenlon said that only the International Olympic Committee – not the local organizing committee – controls which sports are allowed in the Olympics, and the IOC is not bound by Canadian law.

“VANOC did not make the decision to exclude women’s ski jumping from the 2010 Games,” Fenlon wrote. “VANOC did not support that decision. VANOC does not have the power to remedy it.” ……

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CBC

Female ski jumpers won’t be competing in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, the Supreme Court of B.C. has ruled.

American Lindsey Van is one of a group of female ski jumpers frustrated the IOC will not include their sport in the 2010 Winter Games. (CBC)In a ruling issued Friday, Justice Lauri Ann Fenlon expressed sympathy for the women, but said the court doesn’t have the authority to force the International Olympic Committee to include the sport in the 2010 Games.

The group of 15 former and current female ski jumpers went to court in April to argue their exclusion from the Vancouver Games violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

They wanted a court declaration that the organizing committee of the Vancouver Olympics, known as VANOC, must either hold women’s ski jumping in 2010 or cancel all ski jumping events.

VANOC argued that the IOC decides which sports are allowed in the Games and that the Charter doesn’t apply to it.

For its part, the IOC had insisted that its decision to keep women’s ski jumping out of the Vancouver Games was based on technical merit, not discrimination.

“The IOC would like to stress again the decision not to include women’s ski jumping has been taken purely on technical merit,” Emmanuelle Moreau, the IOC’s media relations manager, said in an email to The Canadian Press in November 2008. “Any reference to the fact that this is a matter about gender equality is totally inappropriate and misleading.” …..

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