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More women athletes in 2010 than ever before

In 1988, the previous time the Olympics were held in Canada at Calgary, Canada sent 112 athletes into battle and only 30 of them were females. At Turin, four years ago, there were 191 Canadian athletes, 108 males and 83 females.

But of the 206 Canadian athletes who march into the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver there are 116 men and 90 women. Instead of about 28 per cent of the team being made up of women, as was the case in 1988, it will be close to almost 47 per cent - and that's a good sign because Canada's female athletes typically outperform the males.

The only all-male domain in Olympic winter events is ski jumping "and that will be open to women at the next Games," said Canadian Olympic Committee spokesman Steve Keogh.

From an article by James Christie, The Globe and Mail Posted Friday, January 29, 2010


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