Sarah Hendrickson may not be as old as her fellow competitors, but she is already out-jumping them all while making history and putting up the results of a seasoned veteran. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Thirty women from 12 countries soared into the history books Tuesday night during an impressive Olympic debut of women’s ski jumping at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, a marquee event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Lindsey Van and other U.S. women ski jumpers took their first training jumps Saturday in anticipation of the historic debut of women’s Olympic ski jumping Tuesday Feb. 11.
The 2014 U.S. Olympic team in ski jumping, including the first-ever women's team, was nominated today. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
World Champion Sarah Hendrickson has returned to ski jumping. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Top U.S. nordic combined and ski jumping athletes are set to compete for spots on the U.S. Olympic Team this Saturday and Sunday when the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined come to the Utah Olympic Park in Park City.
Jessica Jerome jumped into 19th-place and secured the top spot for the U.S. Ski Team amidst the largest field of women ever at the women’s ski jumping World Cup opener on Saturday.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Olympic Committee threw a party in Times Square to celebrate the 100 day countdown to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
With 100 days until the Olympic Winter Games kick off in Sochi, here are the stories to watch out for. (Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Olympic Trials Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping
Sarah Hendrickson has successfully undergone surgery to repair her recent knee injury. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Sarah Hendrickson suffered a knee injury during a training jump today in Obersdorf, Germany. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/USSA)
U.S. Ski Jumpers to Battle for Champs Title
The top women's ski jumpers from America were honored with the unveiling of an exhibit at the Alf Engen Ski Museum at the Utah Olympic Park.
Spots for Sochi will be on the line Dec. 28-29 when the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined come to the Utah Olympic Park in Park City. (Photo: Utah Olympic Park)
Sarah Hendrickson Quick Facts
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If there were ever an almanac of rising stars, Sarah Hendrickson would be in contention for the cover photo. Still a teenager, the young ski jumper has already won a U.S. title, a World Championship gold medal and a World Cup globe, making her one of the youngest skiers ever, male or female, to do so.
Hendrickson’s 2013 season should have been hampered by an offseason knee surgery that kept her out of jumping for over six months, but that’s not what happened. Instead, with extremely limited training, the Park City native grabbed a World Ski Championships gold and finished second overall in the World Cup standings.
Add those results with her World Cup overall first place in 2012 (the inaugural World Cup season for women’s ski jumping), a silver medal in the 2012 Junior World Championships and a second place finish in the 2012 Continental Cup, and it’s hard to believe that Hendrickson hasn’t yet seen her 20th birthday.
Along with teammates Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome, Hendrickson sees 2014 as a chance to make history by winning the first-ever Olympic gold medal awarded in women’s ski jumping.
Come the World Championships event in February, I had many more training jumps under my belt and was ready for the big event. I walked away with the win and was overjoyed by that. Both the result and my technique were finally back and I was/am beyond satisfied.
Next, we start training in the gym May 1st and then jumping June 1st. I am ready for a summer without high school or injuries and looking forward to an exciting Olympic year.
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Continental Cup (predecessor to World Cup)