On Sunday, two women's snowboardcross riders crashed during the Olympic qualifying round for their event and had to be removed on stretchers. Even more dramatically, the day before, Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova crashed at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park and had to undergo spinal surgery. These are just a few of the many crahses that have prompted some to wonder if women should be competing on different courses than men.
The New York Times reports that, as of Monday night, 16 of the 22 injuries at Extreme Park that have prompted athletes to require medical attention (or even leave competition) have involved women. That's perhaps because the courses – which have already gotten a fair bit of attention for not being safe in general – have been designed with men in mind.