Arefyev was asked what he thought about women’s ski jumpers making the Olympics. They are set to debut in Sochi after a decade-long fight to join men in Olympic competition.
“I admit, I do not advocate women’s ski jumping,” he said in Russian. “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.”
The next question was about Russia’s top women’s ski jumper, Irina Avvakumova, who is a medal contender.
Arefyev praised Avvakumova, citing her fighting spirit, and said she was brilliant and deserved respect.
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