REFRESH FRIDAY: LINDSEY VAN
Profile: Lindsay Van
Date of birth: 27-11-1984
Born: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Discipline: Ski Jumping
- 21-time Continental Cup medalist (one gold, five silver, 15 bronze)
- Eight-time U.S. normal hill champion
- Five-time U.S. large hill champion
- 2012, World Cup at Hinterzarten, Germany bronze medalist
- 2009, World Championships normal hill champion
This week the spotlight is a legend in the history of female ski jumping; featuring Lindsey Van. Does that ring a bell? You probably thought I misspelled her name. But no, I am not talking about Lindsey Vonn!
What’s in a name you could say. While Lindsey Vonn is one of the best female alpine skiers up until today, her namesake Lindsey Van is a pioneer in women’s ski jumping.
As a little kid, Van was always looking for jumps, and reaching for more in the world of skiing. So her mom came up with the idea of trying out ski jumping, and from then on Van was determined to go to the Olympics. Only, women we’re not allowed to compete in the Olympics at the time.
Female, ski-jumping has a rich history and started in Norway. Fun fact, back in the 1900’s women did compete in ski jumping competitions, but they had to dress as boy’s to do so.
And in 1911 countess von Lamberg set the first women’s ski jumping world record, in a skirt!
Gräfin Paula von Lamberg, 1911, Kitzbühel Tirol, “first female ski jumping world record
Women’s ski jumping was only recently included in the Olympics. And Van is one of the reasons why it is. Van worked over more than a decade to enable women to compete in the Olympics. And eventually Van and her fellow female competitors succeeded. In 2014, the Winter Olympics in Sochi was the breaking point, women’s ski jumping debuted and women finally have equal opportunities in the sport!