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Russian men’s ski jump coach against women ski jumping

Jan 20, 2014, 12:05 PM EDT

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Russian men’s ski jumping coach Alexander Arefyev said he’s not an advocate of women’s ski jumping, citing the sport’s injury risks and saying women’s purpose is to have children and do housework.

Arefyev made the comment to Russian newspaper Izvestia in a Q&A published Monday.

Arefyev was asked what he thought about women’s ski jumpers making the Olympics. They are set to debut in Sochi after a decade-long fight to join men in Olympic competition.

“I admit, I do not advocate women’s ski jumping,” he said in Russian. “It is quite heavy and traumatic sport. If a man were seriously injured, it is not fatal, but for all women may end up far worse. If I had a daughter, never would give in jumping — it’s too hard work. Women have a different purpose — to have children, do housework, to create a family home.”

The next question was about Russia’s top women’s ski jumper, Irina Avvakumova, who is a medal contender.

Arefyev praised Avvakumova, citing her fighting spirit, and said she was brilliant and deserved respect.

(h/t @OlympicStatman)

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  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Not to sound judgmental or anything, but what a doltish thing to say. Has he heard of countrywoman Valentina Tereshkova? Her big jump was becoming the first woman in space, 50 years ago. Arefyev isn’t even ready for the 20th century, let alone the 21st.

  2. onwisconsin - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    just a ridiculous comment about women’s ski jumping. I have witnessed many events and the women can fly like men and sometimes even farther. Congratulations women’s ski jumping! you deserve to be in the Olympics! Go Team USA!

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