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Women ski jumpers vow to fight on

VANCOUVER - The leader of the campaign for women’s ski jumping at the 2010 Winter Olympics said the battle isn’t over, despite losing Friday in B.C. Supreme Court.

Ex-Salt Lake City mayor Deedee Corradini said she will discuss whether to appeal Monday with lawyer Ross Clark.

“The end result is not what we wanted. but there is a lot of good news in there,” Corradini said.

Justice Lauri Ann Fenlon found that the women are victims of discrimination because they are not allowed to ski jump at the Games. Fenlon could not reverse the decision because the Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee is not covered by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The IOC opted in 2006 against adding women's ski jumping because it claimed there were not enough international participants and the sport’s first world women’s championship was not until 2009. The only sport debuting at Vancouver 2010 is ski cross.

Governments do not control VANOC, Fenlon wrote, but the organization is subject to the Charter because staging the 2010 Games is an activity delegated by governments.

"However, designating events as Olympic events is neither part of that governmental activity nor within VANOC's control," she wrote.

VANOC CEO John Furlong said Games organizers are relieved, but pledged to help the women bid for entry to the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

"Although we feel some empathy for these girls who had hoped to be in the Games, I would say to them that they should press on and keep trying," Furlong said.

Men's ski jumping is the first sporting event of the Games on Feb. 12, 2010 at the $122.4 million, taxpayer-funded Whistler Olympic Park.

Bob Macking reports for Vancouver 24 Hours.

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