Historic Win for Teen Sarah Hendrickson

2011-12-03 08:08

LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Dec. 3) - Teen Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) soared with the pride of one of women's ski jumping's pioneering nations Saturday as she won the inaugural FIS World Cup ski jumping competition for women. The 17-year-old scored nearly a 30-point margin of victory over favorite Coline Mattel of France. Hendrickson's historic win came three seasons after U.S. teammate Lindsey Van (Park City, UT) won the first FIS Nordic Ski World Championship competition for women. The women's World Cup continues in January.


  • Sarah Hendrickson led the trial round and both competition rounds to win the inaugural FIS World Cup in Lillehammer
  • Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) was the next American in 12th
  • Prior to the debut of the World Cup, Hendrickson recorded two wins on the Continental Cup, the highest series in her sport at the time
  • FIS began with a Continental Cup in 2004-05
  • Women were first included in the Junior World Championships in 2006
  • Women were first included in the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in 2009 (American Lindsey Van took gold)
  • The World Cup will continue in January with events in Germany, Italy and Poland

Sarah Hendrickson

Winning the first World Cup gives me a really good feeling. I did great on my first jump and that was the base for winning.

This is such a great feeling. I've enjoyed every second of it.

I didn't have a good season last year but trained hard in summer and it paid off.  We got a lot of training this summer and fall in Park City and that gave us a real advantage heading into Lillehammer. I think the extra training and confidence I gained this summer truly helped.

It's really cool mixing with the men. It gave us even more attention.
Jessica Jerome
Overall, the competition went really well today. The hill was perfect for today's conditions thanks to the organizers and hill crew.

Each one of my jumps got better, but I know what I'm doing technically wrong and I know how to fix it.

Sarah is jumping phenomenally. Her win was absolutely well deserved and we, as a team, couldn’t be happier for her.

Paolo Bernardi, Visa Women's Ski Jumping Team International Coach
Nobody was even close enough to try and beat her today. The second round was a little sketchy because she was a little far forward and her skis were super close to her body in flight.
She was right on the edge — all the other coaches were amazed by her performance. If you want to win a World Cup, you have to be a little on the edge.
All together our team did a good job. This shows we are ready and strong and we’re thrilled for Sarah.

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