However, I'm all for equality in the ability to choose to wreck one's body. :)
Within twelve months, eight female top athletes suffered serious knee (and in one case: vertebra) injuries and thus had to withdraw for long recovery periods, putting their good chances at the Olympics in Sochi at risk. On 12 January 2013, Daniela Iraschko, the 2011 World Champion, fell in Hinterzarten and withdrew, Anja Tepeš suffered a serious injury on 17 March in Oslo, 2013 Cup de France winner Espiau suffered a knee injury in June and on 12 August 2013 Alexandra Pretorius, two-times women's Grand Prix winner, suffered a serious knee injury in Courchevel. On 21 August 2013, Sarah Hendrickson, the 2013 World Champion, suffered a knee ligament damage in Oberstdorf. On 20 December 2013, Jacqueline Seifriedsberger fell during the training jumps for the World Cup event in Hinterzarten, and on 3 January 2014 Svenja Würth fell during the training jumps in Chaikovsky. On 11 January 2014, Ema Klinec, ranking first after the first jump, fell in Predazzo. Female ski jumpers need a longer approach than their male colleagues to make up for their light weight and to reach the necessary speed. Due to their light weight, however, female jumpers reach distances which are not below those of male jumpers. In media reports, it is argued that this might physiologically overburden the knee of female jumpers.