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  • Lindsey Van

    Lindsey Van is the 2009 world ski jumping champion. She spearheaded an effort to get women's ski jumping into the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

  • Lindsey Van

    Van, 27, is the subject of a new documentary about women's ski jumping, Ready to Fly.

  • Lindsey Van

    Van took a break from competition in 2009. "I couldn’t jump without feeling negative about the sport," she says. "I just couldn’t separate it."

  • Lindsey Van

    In 2005, FIS president Gian Franco Kasper remarked that ski jumping "seems not to appropriate for ladies from a medical point of view." Women regularly jump as far as men.

  • Lindsey Van

    Photo: U.S. Ski Team

    Lindsey Van

    "I can enjoy the sport now, whereas before I felt a lot of stress to be a political spokesperson," Van says. "It’s a lot more relaxed environment."

  • Lindsey Van

    Van is currently ranked third in FIS World Cup standings.

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