The modern Olympics have a wide range of sports, but women are only allowed to compete in five events before the year 1896. Women were given equal rights in sports like equestrian and sailing, but women compete directly against men in many sports until 1991. As a result, there is no Olympic event in which women are currently not allowed to compete, though some women have been given the opportunity to compete in some sports since then.
While equestrian competitions have historically been open to both men and women, there are still plenty of mixed-gender events, including the mixed medley swimming relay and the luge. A few other sports allow women to compete against men, including motorbike competitions, darts, and mixed doubles. Ice-skating is another area where men and women compete against each other.
While the International Olympic Committee has publicly committed to gender equality at the Games, there is still some disagreement on whether women and men should compete in the same event. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has stated that Beijing is the most gender-balanced Olympic Winter Games. A record 45 percent of women participated. However, the Tokyo Summer Olympics saw 48 percent women compete. For all the controversy, women have a good chance of competing in the same event as men.
One sport that women have equal chances in is Nordic combined, a sport that combines cross-country skiing and ski jumping. This is a sport for both men and women, and was added to the Winter Olympics in 2014. However, there were detractors who said women were not built for the sport. However, science has proven that the opposite is true. The women are not physically built to jump higher than men, and the men are not required to have a male partner.