Despite Olympic roadblocks, it all comes down to girl power
July 22, 2006
All week long Triple Crown Girls Fastpitch World Series head, Bill Pilcher, has been encouraging the teams in his tournament to spend the their free time this weekend at the Visa Women’s International Ski Jumping Competition at the Utah Olympic Park.
And really, what could be better for all the women involved? It’s women athletes supporting women athletes on many levels.
Both know the struggles of fighting for Olympic inclusion. The ski jumpers near a decision to be a part of the Vancouver Games in 2010. The softball players, on the other hand, lost their battle to remain an Olympic sport and will make their final appearance in the Beijing Games in 2008. (Softball can try and be reinstated as an Olympic sport in 2016.) Interestingly, their war has been against a strikingly similar nemesis, as the fight to change the mind of "old guard" European athletic policy makers has been their biggest hurdle.
These are all tough girls. Hurling off a jumping tower? Hitting home runs and running in the dirt? As small children, it’s more likely that these ladies were biting their heads off Barbie dolls rather then playing with them.
It’s all about girl power. These girls know what it takes to be the best. Both the jumpers and the softball players have committed weeks and weeks throughout the year to travel, training and promotion of their sport. What better way to say that ‘Girls Rock!’ then to bring two groups of amazing girls together in one venue.
The community ought to be proud that there are so many grand displays of what female athletes can do and come out and support these women at the UOP and the softball fields and wherever else girls and women are showing the world what they can do.