Saturday, March 01, 2008

The Globe and Mail Takes a Swipe, but at Who?

The Globe runs a feature occasionally, across the top of two pages, with pictures of people who have had a "good week" and people who have had a "bad week." The number of times they have featured a female can be counted on the fingers of one hand. But that's another story.

Today, writer Paul Attfield features Jennifer Jones' picture, a small write up, and then finishes with a swipe. Something about women's curling being on the program of the Olympic Winter Games (the correct name for it), and women's ski jumping not getting on the program.

Here's the email that I sent to the Sports Editor in response to the swipe; it is signed with my city of residence and blog url.

"Good morning, Paul.
Your swipe at the end of the note about Jennifer Jones having a good week reveals quite a bit about you.
Your knowledge about curling, women's ski jumping or the Olympic Winter Games, or perhaps all three of them, is lacking.
Curling, both men's and women's, met the criteria for inclusion in an Olympic Winter Games. Check out the IOC website to find out what is required in order to be on the OWG program.
Women's ski jumping has not met the criteria. Nothing that VANOC or the Canadian government or the COC do, will change that. The IOC will not relent.
And, swipes like yours won't get women's ski jumping into the OWG either!"

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