WHISTLER (AFP) Ski-jump champion Simon Ammann says he knows a good way to increase the popularity of a sport dominated by German speakers -- put a piste in Miami and invite some attractive women.
"Do pretty girls make the sport more attractive? I'd say," said Ammann after landing his third Olympic gold on the normal hill in Whistler to follow his double success at Salt Lake City in 2002.
The issue of women in ski-jumping has been a hot topic since Olympic organizers recently elected not to extend, at least for now, their ban on females competing.
But Ammann, who fans cheered to his winners press conference with a rousing chorus of Swiss rallying cry "Hopp Schwyz," isn't short of ideas to heat up the issue.
Why not take the sport to Florida, then add ladies into the mix, he suggested when pressed for a way to make the sport more popular in North America.
"If there were a hill in Miami or Miami Beach then I'd have no problem at all competing there," he said.