"Fighting Gravity" For Gender Equality At Norwood

by SARAH MANDATO · April 15, 2009

[John-Taki Theodoracopulos, Jauretsi Saizarbitoria, Sabine Heller, Hudson Morgan. All photos by NICK HUNT for PMc].


Unless you were at Norwood last night, definitely make a note that fighting gender inequality in ski jumping is a magical combination for Tuesday night fun. Lisa AnastosChessy Wilson, Rachel Dratch, Bettina Prentice, Hudson Morgan, Rachelle Hruska, Gillian Hearst-Simonds, Peter Davis, Kipton Cronkite, Keith Lissner, Emma Snowdon-Jones and Abigail Lorick were among those showing support for Olympic ski jump team members Alissa Johnson and Jessica Jerome at the first event put on by Bettina Prentice Communications company.

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These athletes are among fifteen women taking part in a lawsuit filed with the Supreme Court of British Columbia to challenge the Olympic Winter Games rule that only men may compete in the ski jump event (HOW ridiculous). The pair are celebrated in Fighting Gravity, which details the challenge, courtesy of a production team including Virginia Madsen. If the venue and guest list weren't enough enticement, a recent Vanity Fair article confirmed that there was something for everyone last night, as the film promised "some good ole cussin' from some of the jumpers," to further an already solid push into the week.

"Jessica and I want to thank everyone who came to Norwood last night to support our cause and thanks again to Alex Mar, Nicholas Shumaker, Ryan Harrington and Bettina Prentice for organizing the event. Women's exclusion from ski jumping in the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver is obviously a sensitive issue for us and we strongly urge everyone to follow the case, which is heard by the Supreme Court of British Columbia on April 20. We hope for a positive outcome and for gender equality for women everywhere." -Alissa Johnson

"These women are elite athletes in an extremely high risk sport and are just as talented and competitive as the men in their field. It is outrageous that they are barred from the games because of their sex." - Alex Mar, Director, Fighting Gravity

Kipton Cronkite, Alan Pepe, Abigail Lorick

Tia Walker, Rachelle Hruska

Jauretsi Saizarbitoria, Hunter Hill

Alissa Johnson, Jessica Jerome, Cayte Grieve

John-Taki Theodoracopulos, Jauretsi Saizarbitoria, Sabine Heller, Hudson Morgan, McCabe Walsh

Abigail Lorick, Keith Lissner, Rachelle Hruska

Bettina Prentice

Nicholas Shumaker, Maily Smith, Sarah Gore-Reeves

Melissa Berkelhammer, Chris London, Bettina Pretince, Kipton Cronkite