Published on January 18th, 2012 | by Wild Gender1
The Binary World of Sports Busted By Mix-Gender Youth Olympics
The first Olympic Games to ever sponsor mix-gender events, the Youth Olympics for athletes ages 15-18, might influence the gendering of the full-grown Olympic games, said president Jacques Rogge to USA Today.
Rogge started the Youth Olympics, primarily to encourage youth to be more active. But in a controversial twist, has advocated for mix-gender events for individual competitors and teams.
The first winter edition of the games are being held in Innsbruck, Austria, through Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. And features many of the same sports as the regular Olympics. According to USA Today, the first Summer Youth Olympics, held in 2010 in Singapore, debuted a mixed-gender triathlon relay that the sport’s international governing body is now proposing for inclusion at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The triathlon currently has just two Olympic events, which are separate competitions for men and women.
The Winter Youth Olympics include mixed-gender events in alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, luge, short-track speedskating and ski jumping.