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Senor Magoo
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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a move that will likely enable the event to be included in the next winter Olympics.


But that doesn't even make sense. The world hates female ski jumpers for being female and wants them to be excluded, just for LULZ.

At least that's the story I heard over and over prior to the Olympics.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Silly Magoo. This is the International Ski Federation. Apparently they don't hate female ski jumpers. You're referring to the International Olympic Committee, which has said that they can't have the event because it's not competitive enough. Cough.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's now in for 2014, IOC approved.

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After an unsuccessful legal battle for inclusion at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, women's ski jumping won its place Wednesday on the program for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

The International Olympic Committee executive board also approved the addition of men's and women's ski halfpipe, mixed relay in biathlon and team events in luge and figure skating.

"The inclusion of these events is sure to be appreciated by athletes and sports fans alike," IOC President Jacques Rogge said. "These are exciting, entertaining events that perfectly complement the existing events on the sports program, bring added appeal and increase the number of women participating at the games."
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Proposals for inclusion of slopestyle events in snowboard and freestyle skiing and a team alpine skiing event were put on hold for further review.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The good news is that there's going to be women's boxing in the 2012 Olympics.
The bad news is that they might have to wear skirts, because, according to Amateur International Boxing Association President Ching-Kuo Wu:
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I have heard many times people say, 'We can't tell the difference between the men and the women . . .

The good news is that they can't tell the difference between the men and the women. Whaddya wanna bet that if anyone suggested not having men's boxing and women's boxing, but just boxing, the differences between men and women would suddenly become vast and obvious.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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'We can't tell the difference between the men and the women . . .


Aren't the men generally shirtless?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently, for this kind of boxing, the men wear shirts:
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In Olympic style boxing (which is what the International Boxing Association governs), the men do wear shirts and sparring helmets in the ring. It's a field of boxing that focuses more on strategy than brute force and is generally less violent than the professional heavyweight bouts that you're probably thinking of. This likely leaves less of a distinction between men's and women's bouts and that may be a source of why someone somewhere seems to think this change in dress is necessary.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh. Well, as much as it pains me to say it, how about pink trunks for women and blue trunks for men? Or white shirts for women and black shirts for men? Or white shirts for each, with a huge male or female symbol on the front and back?

I guess I'm just having a hard time with the idea that anyone would be unable to tell one sex from the other in the ring. Is it a women's boxing event? Then I'll bet those boxers up there are women! A men's event? They're probably men!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In addition to the obvious "you've got to be kidding me" incredulity, I'm struck with a healthy dose of "so what?" What's the damage of somebody switching on the TV and not knowing whether it's men's boxing or women's boxing that comes up for the minute or two it takes for the next infographic with the event and competitors and whatnot to come up? Is there some special reason the lack of any obvious sex signifier that I'm aware of in olympic hockey or skiing or equestrian hasn't been a problem, yet for boxing it would be?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would force said viewers into using the clumsy and ambiguous third-party singular pronoun "them".

"Hit them! Hit them in the face!!!"

That's just awkward.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh fer chrissake!!!

The IOC could make money renting out their pet dinosaurs for such things as 24 May parade, Santa Claus parade... have them up front, ahead of the fire trucks and the pony club... the clowns could be given shovels and pails to clean up the dino doo-doo...then more money could be made selling it for garden fertilizer....
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