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To point out that all 3 GB Olympic Medals have been won by women

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DreamingofSummer Thu 20-Feb-14 11:40:43

Well done the curlers

TiggyCBE Thu 20-Feb-14 11:42:19

The men have a medal too. Just don't know what colour yet.

Big congratulations to them all, though there will be a men's medal tomorrow too.

KittyVonCatsington Thu 20-Feb-14 11:43:07

Wonderful news! Never seen such a perfect finish smile

Just want to point out that the men's GB Curling team are in the final so they will definitely get a Silver or Gold too.

WooWooOwl Thu 20-Feb-14 11:43:52

Why?

Is a medal for team GB worth more when it's won by a woman rather than a man or something?

KittyVonCatsington Thu 20-Feb-14 11:44:12

X-posts!!! Sorry grin

DreamingofSummer Thu 20-Feb-14 11:45:57

woo because women's sport never gets the coverage it deserves so from time to time it's good to be able to bask in female glory

Nocomet Thu 20-Feb-14 11:51:10

YANBU
And I was delighted to hear the Women's Cricket team have received funding after their ashes win.

I have a sporty DD2 and the lack of airtime given to women's sport really annoys her.

vj32 Thu 20-Feb-14 11:53:17

But the winter Olympics is a joke. I love sport, we watch loads of different sport in our house. But most of the events are completely unintelligible with no sensible scoring system. Some of the events can be won by going slowly and just not falling over as there is a fairly good chance everyone else will(anyone watching the Ski Cross??).

Other than curling, bobsleigh and figure skating and the downhill skiing events, the events are mostly quite ridiculous. Funny to watch and certainly requiring skill... but not really sports.

vj32 Thu 20-Feb-14 11:56:39

Sorry, my point was I don't think it will help improve coverage of women in sport at all because the coverage has been so poor and so many events are so silly.

Women's figure skating competition is going to be amazing and much better than the men's for once but I guess that's a bit girly for some people?

VodkaJelly Thu 20-Feb-14 11:57:21

On my local news they mentioned that Jenny Jones had won the first medal for snowboarding then did a massive article on a bloke who was doing snowboarding but was trailing something like 12th. They had an interview with him and a massive article but only a little mention for Jenny who had won an actual medal. Unbelievable

Sallyingforth Thu 20-Feb-14 12:00:47

OP - So?

ForgetMeKnots Thu 20-Feb-14 12:02:55

I agree!

JJ's medal came at the very very end of the news after it was won - nothing on the main news - and after news that a football manager had lost his job second in ten weeks from this particular non-entity of a club. But a woman winning a gold on snow? Meh.

Anything to raise the profile of women where their bodies are not defined by sex, clothes etc... but how healthy and fit they are and how hard they have worked. Such a long way to go. Well done to all the medal winners though!

ReadyToPopAndFresh Thu 20-Feb-14 12:05:50

YANBU OP.

ReadyToPopAndFresh Thu 20-Feb-14 12:07:30

And can I point out (as an American) that when people say American's are shit at football.

That our women's team is number one in the world according to FIFA. So only the men are shit really

Chunderella Thu 20-Feb-14 12:08:22

Traditionally the GB team at the Winter Olympics was quite male dominated, so it's a big deal. Although of course our most famous and successful participants are Torvill and Dean, so there's at least one woman at the helm.

sashh Thu 20-Feb-14 12:20:11

Is a medal for team GB worth more when it's won by a woman rather than a man or something?

The news headline yesterday was 'curlers in to final' and a film of the men, totally ignoring the medals won by women.

If you are happy with that, and the women winning the ashes not being covered either I think you need to ask why you are OK with women's achievements, in 2014 being ignored.

Deliaskis Thu 20-Feb-14 12:27:32

YANBU OP.

YABU vj32 the winter olympics are not silly or a joke! Many of the athletes (especially in the UK with virtually zero funding) dedicate their lives for these sports, most of which are tough, require strength, stamina, speed etc. and as much dedication as more mainstream sports.

I love winter games, can you tell!

D

ReadyToPopAndFresh Thu 20-Feb-14 12:31:37

Exactly Sash, the medals aren't worth more but they are reported as though they are worth less

ReadyToPopAndFresh Thu 20-Feb-14 12:34:56

Remember How Murry was the first British winner of Wimbeldon since 1936?


Except he wasn't?

NinjaCow Thu 20-Feb-14 13:12:09

I thought the reason to men curling got more attention was that they could have a gold or silver, whereas women got the bronze. So it makes sense for them to be shown more. Or have I got it wrong?

ReadyToPopAndFresh Thu 20-Feb-14 13:28:26

Or wait till they actually have a medal and give the women time on tv now because they have already won? Or will the women ever get a chance?

vj32 Thu 20-Feb-14 13:41:59

Deliaskis I don't think they are a joke as such, just a bit ridiculous. Even the commentators for the Jenny Jones medal event had no clue who had performed better than anyone else or what the judges were going to give, and at least one of them competes in that event. If the judges seem to be choosing who they like best on the basis of 'style', well that's not really a sport.

If the rules are pretty much made up as they go along, I don't think its credible as a sport, however much training or effort it requires.

Women's sport should be more on TV - Yes. Especially relatively successful and accessible sports like cricket, rugby, netball, basketball. I'm not bothered if elitist and apparently made up 'sports' like skicross don't get loads of coverage.

Waltonswatcher1 Thu 20-Feb-14 13:45:20

Of course it's a big deal because its women .
If anyone thinks this is a non issue they are misguided . Look at how many women are in the line up for Sports Personality of the Year ...it always drives my sporty daughter nuts .
I bet you that at every school sports day the last even is always a male one . I bet you the male medals are handed out last .
It stinks that in education we are still teaching the girls that the boys sporting achievements are more applaudable .

AICM Thu 20-Feb-14 13:48:57

AIBU to point out that at the London games nearly twice as many men won gold for GB as did women?

Just saying for the sake of balance. I don't really think it matters but I'm sure the OP will be along to tell us all soon. These things are important to her.

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