Women want their own games, their own chance at glory. They want the benefits of battling mental and physical challenges in a way that only athletics offers.
When Sarah Burke started begging organizers to let her compete, she begged them to let all girls compete. She didn't understand why they wouldn't have a girls competition because opportunity would certainly help grow interest in the sport.
Standing on the side of that pipe too many times, and for no good reason, ignited a fire in her that couldn't be extinguished.
When she skied she did more than offer thrills to fans or win awards. She gave little girls a sports idol who looked like them. She gave women a reason to believe their daughters could achieve any goal. And maybe, most importantly, she proved that determination and hard work makes dreams reality for men AND women.
Which is why, on Jan. 19, even those of us who've never even hoped to land a 1080 on skis felt a little less, a little lost but eternally grateful.
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