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Words by Kaya Turski
This is an article on my own view on what’s been represented in the ESPN article presenting the results of a survey conducted of the best male and female skiers and snowboarders on the planet. Sorry for the length but it’s something I feel very strongly about and want to share with everyone.
The survey brings up a lot of interesting points that I feel are important to address and discuss. For as long as I’ve been involved in the sport since 2006, I feel that women have been constantly fighting for our own legitimate place in this male dominated industry. It’s been an ongoing battle of trying to prove ourselves to numerous critics; by now, and on tiringly all too many occasions, I’ve read demeaning and negative comments, such as “Girls suck” or “Why aren’t girls doing the same tricks as guys?”
These types of questions – and especially the ones that are obviously offensive - reveal a chauvinistic attitude towards women freestylers, double standards when one looks at judging in other sports (why is it that no one ever complains why women figure skaters don’t land quadruple jumps, or why men gymnasts perform superior and more daring acrobatics), and a naive lack of understanding what is involved in our sport. Still, for the sake of argument I will assume it is a valid question and try to examine the factors I believe provide at least a partial answer to it.
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