Ski Jumper 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. (Dan Campbell)
Lindsey Van

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
(Dan Campbell)


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
(Dan Campbell)


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
(Dan Campbell)


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
(U.S. Ski Team)


Lindsey Van

Van is currently ranked third in FIS World Cup standings.

Lindsey Van
(Dan Campbell)

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