Sarah Hendrickson stands atop the podium with a win in the opening test event World Cup on the Sochi Olympic jump. (Getty Images/AFP-Natalia Kolesnikova)
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (Dec. 8) - Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) hopefully foreshadowed the future Saturday, winning the first FIS Ski Jumping World Cup on the Olympic jump in Krasnaya Polyana outside Sochi. The first round leader, Hendrickson's 103.0 meter second ride was a meter shorter than Japan's Sara Takanashi but the American outpointed her on style to take the win 264.2 to 258.0. It was the first World Cup competition held on the jumps. Women ski jumpers will make their Olympic debut in Sochi. It was Hendrickson's first win of the season after she finished second to Takanashi two weeks ago in Lillehammer, Norway. The women get another shot at the Sochi jump on Sunday.
Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) won her first World Cup of the season taking the debut test event on the Sochi jumping complex.
Hendrickson led the first round at 103.5 meters and capped the day with a 103.0 meter jump to win. Takanashi outdistanced Hendrickson on both jumps, but was well off in style points.
Hendrickson is now tied with Japan's Sara Takanashi for the World Cup lead after two events.