Sarah Hendrickson, show here after a win last month, won her eighth World Cup of the season with a victory in Zao, Japan. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Stanko Gruden)
ZAO, Japan (March 4) - America's Sarah Hendrickson continued her dominance of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup with her eight victory of the season in Zao Sunday. Hendrickson led both rounds over Japan's Sara Takanashi. Hendrickson clinched the overall World Cup title on Saturday. She will be at Holmenkollen in Oslo next weekend for her final World Cup and to accept the crystal globe.
Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) won her eight World Cup of the season with a victory in Zao.
Hendrickson took a 15 point margin over second place Sara Takanashi of Japan. Austria's Daniela Iraschko was third.
Hendrickson took the first round lead despite jumping 1.5 meters shorter than Sara Takanashi; Hendrickson had the longest ride of the second round to take the win.
Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) was fifth.
Hendrickson now leads the World Cup by 335 points.
The USA leads in the Nations Cup by 574 points over Germany.
One event remains in the inaugural World Cup season, next weeked at Holmenkollen in Oslo.
QUOTES Sarah Hendrickson Knowing that I already had secured the overall title, it made it easier to jump with less pressure. I was able to be more relaxed and that helped me have strong jumps today.
I’m a little tired, but this has been amazing and I’m looking forward to Oslo and finishing out this great first World Cup season and enjoying it with my teammates. Jessica Jerome We’ve had a terrific experience in Japan and the hospitality and the competition here was superb.
I’ve been working on my jumps and getting slowly better and better. I knew what I had to do and am capable of doing, so I just had to go out there and consistently put two good jumps together.
We’re really excited to head to Oslo and wrap up the most killer season our team has ever had.