JUMPER DADS IN SOCHI: Everything seems more playful now

By Bill Hendrickson

Another beautiful morning in Sochi. The Black Sea was placid and reflective this morning. I admit to not seeing the sunrise as the late nights and emotional demands resulted in a 10 a.m. wake up.

The dolphins were playing this morning. I know this because a lady dressed in running attire at the breakfast buffet asked me if the coffee machine was working. Within 60 seconds, she was showing me a video she took of dolphins surfacing just off the beach. The world just feels more playful now.  Maybe it's just my perception of the world.  

The big event has come and gone. Our daughters competed in the first Olympics that has allowed women Nordic ski jumpers, and my daughter, Sarah, had bib #1.   There were no medals for the US Women, but they achieved greatness. They soared. They broke the sound barrier. They felt the pressure, the overwhelming pressure to compete at the highest level with the world watching. And now I believe there is less discrimination in the world.

History proceeds often in small steps (as in the moon), and sometimes in leaps. Regardless, now there is more peace. There is more time to play. Just ask the dolphins. They feel it. As Sarah's Dad, I feel it. I hope you all feel it.  

Have one.

Bill Hendrickson is Sarah's dad. He lives in Park City, Utah and made the trip to Sochi to watch Sarah compete. Bill will be writing periodic blogs from Sochi. "Have one" is what jumpers say to fellow jumpers just before they slide off the bar.


Women's Ski Jumping USA

Women’s Ski Jumping USA, a 501c3 nonprofit, is the primary support organization for the U.S. National Team. With the help of a small staff and lots of generous volunteers, the organization runs the U.S. women’s ski jumping program and raises the necessary funds to pay for coaching, travel, training, equipment and a junior developmental program.