Women ski jumpers prepare for World Cup launch

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GENEVA (AP) -- The inaugural World Cup season in women's ski jumping begins in Norway on Saturday on the Lillehammer hill used by the men at the 1994 Olympics.

About 50 ski jumpers from 15 countries are expected to compete. Chika Yoshida, the International Ski Federation's coordinator for women's ski jumping, predicts that "if we have a chance to show off our sport, women's ski jumping will take off."

The federation finally persuaded Olympic officials this year that the sport has the depth and quality required to become part of the Winter Games in 2014.