The fog in Oslo, Norway was so thick Friday that spectators at the bottom of the windswept ski-jump hill at the World Nordic Ski Championships could see little more than the moment the women athletes skied through the finish area.
Now those athletes can only hope the International Olympic Committee will see what happened under those conditions as clear evidence their event should be in the 2014 Olympics.
IOC member Gian-Franco Kasper of Switzerland, president of the International Ski Federation, said after Friday's event he was "90 percent optimistic'' women's ski jumping would be on the program for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.
That decision should be made in late March or early April.
The IOC denied that opportunity to women jumpers at the 2010 Games for reasons that had more to do with the fog of sexism that still pervades the Olympic old boys club than any of the reasons it raised for keeping the women jumpers out.
The IOC said jumping had problems about quality of competition, number of competitors and numbers of nations involved, no matter that sports like women's (and even men's) bobsled and women's luge already were in the Olympics despite some of the same issues.