Let's not compare the historic first women's ski jump at Sochi Winter Olympics 2014

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It is the first time women will be competing in the ski jumping event at the Winter Olympics - but the athletes have asked if everyone can stop comparing them to the boys.

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After a long and arduous 10 year battle, women will make history today competing in a first women's ski jump event in the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Women were previously left out of the event, with organisers citing a lack of interest, talent and an antiquated idea about female biology.

Gian-Franco Kasper, president of the International Ski Federation explained in an interview about why women weren't allowed to take part, "Don't forget, it's like jumping down from, let's say, about two metres on the ground about a thousand times a year, which seems not to be appropriate for ladies from a medical point of view."

While it is a historic move, acceptance of the new event at the games will be a different matter.

"It's a pretty difficult sport with a high risk of injury. If a man gets a serious injury it's still not fatal, but for women it could end much more seriously," explained Russian men's ski jumping coach, Alexander Arefyev at Sochi. "Women have another purpose – to have children, to do housework, to create hearth and home."

Someone punch this guy in his ski leg.

"They just didn't know what to do with women in an extreme sport," said America ski jumper Lindsey Van before Sochi. "If women are doing it, does it make it less extreme?"

The kicker is that being lighter and smaller, women can actually jump further than men. In Vancouver in 2010 - women were invited to compete outside of the Olympics to test to hill for the boys. However the 30 women competing urge the two events not be compared.

"One of the biggest things we try to do as girl ski jumpers is separate ourselves from the men," added US competitor Jessica Jerome. "We start from a higher gate. We have a little more speed going down the in-run. There are so many variables to take into account. You really can't compare it."

We can't wait to watch.

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