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Inspiring 'Ready to Fly' Hits Theaters Feb. 10Marsha Maxwell - February 6, 2012 at 8:52AM
Ready to Fly, a new documentary that chronicles the long battle to get women's ski jumping included in the Winter Olympics, will premiere in Salt Lake City Friday, Feb. 10 as a part of the 2002 Winter Olympics 10th anniversary celebration.The film tells the story of a determined group of ski jumpers and advocates, most from Salt Lake City and Park City, who lobbied and even sued the IOC for years to get a chance to compete in one of sport's most prestigious events. At the time, ski jumping was the only Winter Olympic event to exclude women. Women's ski jumping will be included in the Olympics for the first time at the Sochi games in 2014.Ready to Fly focuses on Lindsay Van, a Park City, Utah native who was the first women's ski jumping world champion in 2009. It also features Van's U.S. Women's Ski Jumping teammates and women's ski jumping advocate Deedee Corradini, the former mayor of Salt Lake City. The film is written, directed and produced by SLC filmmaker William A. Kerig, director of the acclaimed 2009 big-mountain ski film The Edge of Never. The film will be screened Feb. 10-24, 2012 at all LHM Megaplex Theaters. Special screenings with appearances by the director and athletes will also be held in Park City, Ogden and Logan.Ready to Fly screening scheduleWatch the TrailerSLC February EventsImage courtesy Next Film, LLC. Read more from Marsha Maxwell at http://saltlakecity.about.com.