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    Women to compete in decathlon?
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    I guess this is the last hurdle yet to fall for "gender equity" in track and field. I think the women now compete in every event that the men compete in, except for decathlon. Anybody see women competing in decathlon in the near future?
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    Women have been competing in decathlons for years. In WA the high school girls started in 2001.
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    OK...

    Women to compete in decathlon at the Olympics and WCs?
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    I guess this is the last hurdle yet to fall for "gender equity" in track and field. I think the women now compete in every event that the men compete in, except for decathlon. Anybody see women competing in decathlon in the near future?
    100m hurdles?
    50km race walk?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillVol
    I guess this is the last hurdle yet to fall for "gender equity" in track and field. I think the women now compete in every event that the men compete in, except for decathlon. Anybody see women competing in decathlon in the near future?
    I asked Zarnowski this a few weeks ago and he said the change from hep to deca for women has been shelved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bambam
    I asked Zarnowski this a few weeks ago and he said the change from hep to deca for women has been shelved.
    That is sad news indeed. Why? I think it would add a lot of pizzazz* to T&F.

    * no sooner had I written that word then I KNEW I had to know its etmology - this is what I found: "The OED’s first published reference is from Harper’s Bazaar in 1937, the year Vreeland arrived at the magazine as a columnist. Here's the citation: “Pizazz, to quote the editor of the Harvard Lampoon, is an indefinable dynamic quality, the je ne sais quoi of function; as for instance, adding Scotch puts pizazz in a drink.” "
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    I don't want to wax too strongly in an area where I don't have a lot of knowledge, but it has been my understanding that the biggest barrier to the switch has been powerful European coaches. Their main concern (again, as I understand it) is the learning curve w/ the vault.

    But there may be more to it than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gh
    Their main concern (again, as I understand it) is the learning curve w/ the vault.
    If that is true, isn't it the same learning curve for everyone? A good coach would welcome the change, as it would represent in increase in the need for technical proficiency, which is where coaches make the biggest difference.
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