Ah, well this is delightful.
Russian men’s ski jumping coach Alexander Arefyev spoke about the dangers of ski jumping — you know, in case they aren’t obvious — in an interview with Russian newspaper Izvestia published on Monday. Arefyev offered his thoughts on women competing in the sport, saying he believes women should focus on “children” and “housework” instead of participating in such a dangerous event:
I admit, I do not advocate women’s ski jumping. It is quite heavy and traumatic sport. If a man were seriously injured, it is not fatal, but for all women may end up far worse. If I had a daughter, never would give in jumping — it’s too hard work. Women have a different purpose — to have children, do housework, to create a family home (Olympic Talk).
Oh, and in case you didn’t know, women will be competing in ski jumping at the Winter Olympics for the first time ever at Sochi. Arefyev will probably have to watch the event through his fingers, trembling in fear at the thoughts of all the shelves not being dusted and pies not being baked.
[Source: Olympic Talk]