With three months to go until the 2010 Winter Olympics, world champion ski jumper Lindsay Van is training for the Games just like hundreds of other athletes.
But in addition to the workouts, she’s also spending her time in court as one of 14 female jumpers suing VANOC over whether the Charter of Rights and Freedoms means her sport must legally be part of the Games.
The time in court might be better spent on a mountain, but Van said it’s important.
“It’s not something I picked, it just came along with my love of the sport and trying to push the sport forward to where it belongs — in the Olympics,” she said Thursday outside the B.C. Court of Appeal.
A panel of appeal judges are hearing the case this week and while they could issue a ruling right after arguments conclude, the question remains whether a women’s event is even possible at this late stage.
But Deedee Corradini, president of Women’s Ski Jumping USA, said it’s not beyond the realm of possibility.
“There are many days in the calendar when the ski jumps are available and open, the volunteers are going to be there.”
Men’s ski jumping is the first event of the Games on Feb. 12.
The women want the courts to rule that VANOC must either include a women’s ski jumping event in the 2010 Games, or cancel the men’s event.
The B.C. Appeal Court is being asked to decide whether a lower court judge erred when she ruled that while the Games were a government activity and subject to the Charter of Rights, it’s the IOC that decides which sports are included and they aren’t subject to the Charter.
The women argue that while the decision may ultimately rest with the IOC, that doesn’t mean Vancouver can break the law.
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