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Despite the furor errupting over anti-gay comments made by Russian President Putin, the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics includes events that help to end discrimination. The first is the Women’s Ski Jumping event, which puts an end to the rumor that exercise and sports ruin a woman’s reproductive abilities.

Several relay events include both men and women on the teams and will be intriguing to watch. These new-to-the-Olympics events are Relay Luge, Relay Biathlon, and Relay Ice Skating. Men and women can work together after all. — We have seen this in Mixed Doubles Tennis, mixed rink (team) Curling and some other sports, so why not in winter sports events?

The interesting thing is that in the Relay Bathlon event, a penalty is given each team member unable to hit all five of his or her targets within the eight bullets allowed. The penalty is a 150 meter lap before rejoining the event. (I hear crowds roaring as if at a WWE match).

For more information on exciting new sports of the Winter Olympics, the wonders of Sochi, and some of the controversies surrounding the Games, see

Twelve New Winter Olympics Events Debut at Sochi On the Black Sea

and

Headaches and Victories Before the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

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