After decades of campaigning and a full 90 years since the first men's competition, women will finally compete in Olympic ski jumping at the Sochi 2014 Games.
Despite the fact that men's Olympic ski jumping has been around since the 1924 games, women have spent the last few decades campaigning for inclusion. This year, the first ever U.S. women's ski jumping team will include Lindsay Van, 29, Jessica Jerome, 27, and reigning world champion Sarah Hendrickson, who is just 19 years old.
Although the reasons women were prevented from participating in the Olympic sport were mainly logistical, barring women from specific sports is rooted in gender bias -- particularly the dusty old notion that rigorous physical activity is dangerous to women's reproductive organs.
Overall, 2014 is a good year for gender equality in the Winter Olympics -- women will ski jump, and compete in "mixed relays" with male teammates in luge and biathlon. But even today, full inclusion in the Winter Games still eludes female athletes. While men can compete in a 10,000 meter speed skating race (and have since 1924), women are cut off at 5,000 meters. And the Nordic combined (part cross-country and part ski jump) excludes women all together -- pretty senseless now that women compete both events separately.
We've rounded up a list of seven Winter Olympic sports that took their time incorporating women -- and one that still hasn't.