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Women's Ski Jumping to Debut in Sochi

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January 25, 2014

The 2014 Winter Olympics will be the first to feature women's ski jumping.

The women's equivalent of the men's event will begin at the Mountain Cluster, east of Sochi, Russia, on February 11. The men's event has been part of the Winter Olympics since the first Games, in Chamonix, France, in 1924.

A lawsuit to bring women's ski jumping into the Winter Olympics in 2010, in Vancouver, Canada, was unsuccessful. The following year, however, organizers of the Sochi Olympics announced their intention to include women's ski jumping as a full Olympic event.

Female ski jumpers will compete on a 90-meter-long hill and not also on the 120-meter-long hill on which male ski jumpers will compete.) The top 30 women after the first jump will advance to the second jump. Points determine a winner, with two points for every meter jumped beyond 95 meters and two points subtracted for every meter short of 95. Of the five judges scoring, the two lowest scores will be thrown out.

The Winter Olympics Games run February 7-23.

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