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)
Ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson shares her thoughts on what makes a champion.
Nita Englund and Sarah Hendrickson were named to the 2015-16 U.S. Ski Jumping Team, which opens the World Cup tour this weekend in Lillehammer.
World Champion Sarah Hendrickson will miss the upcoming ski jumping season after undergoing knee surgery this week.
Sarah Hendrickson flew 128.5 meters to finish second on the large hill at Holmenkollen in Oslo during the season finale of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup.
Sarah Hendrickson landed two podiums the week before the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, boosting her confidence for the events.
Sarah Hendrickson found the sweet spot, hitting two strong jumps to lead both of her competition rounds as the USA team finished seventh.
Defending World Champion Sarah Hendrickson finished sixth Friday night with Jessica Jerome ninth on the women's HS100 ski jumping event.
America's Sarah Hendrickson is coming off back-to-back podiums in Slovenia last weekend as she seeks to defend her world title Friday in Falun.
Sarah Hendrickson soared to her second straight World Cup podium with World Championships beginning this week.
Sarah Hendrickson came from behind to finish third in Ljubno, her first World Cup podium in two seasons.
Nita Englund scored a career first podium, finishing second in Rasnov.
Sarah Hendrickson jumped to eighth in a FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Hinzenbach, Austria.
Nita Englund soared to another career best World Cup, finishing seventh in Oberstdorf.
Winds continued to impact the women's World Cup tour in Zao with Jessica Jerome leading the USA in tenth.
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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)