Sarah Hendrickson


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BIRTH DATE: August 1, 1994

BIRTHPLACE: Salt Lake City, UT
HOMETOWN: Park City, UT
SCHOOL: Winter Sports School graduate
LONGEST JUMP: 143m, Lillehammer, NOR
 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

• 2014 Olympian in Sochi, Russia, 21st place
2013 World Champion, Val di Fiemme, Italy
2013, 2nd place overall, World Cup circuit
2012 inaugural World Cup circuit champion
(winning 9 of 13 events)
2012, Silver medal at Junior World Championships
2010, Bronze medal at Junior World Championships
2011, 16th in World Champs., Oslo, Norway
2011, 2013 U.S. National Champion (large hill)
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SARAH'S STORY

For as long as she can remember, Sarah’s childhood weekends were filled with 8 a.m.-4 p.m. ski days with her family. While skiing, every little jump in the run was an opportunity to get some air and take a risk. When her brother discovered ski jumping at age 8 and she was 5, it seemed like the perfect fit. Brother Nick, now a world-class Nordic Combined athlete, started jumping and after watching him for two years, she had had enough and decided to try it. That was just the start.

At just 19, Sarah already has broken records. She won a stunning 9 of 13 events on the inaugural World Cup ski jumping circuit in 2012 to become the World Cup Champion. She pushed her way back after summer knee surgery in 2012 to become the second American to ever win a World Championship (March 2013), just four years after teammate Lindsey Van won in 2009.  Sarah also is the first American (male or female) to medal at a Junior World Championships — she has a Bronze and a Silver.

The highs of the previous season were met with a low point in August 2013 when Sarah suffered another injury during training in Germany. This time to her right knee, tearing her ACL and damaging her MCL. Post surgery, Sarah spent up to 6 hours a day in rehab, fighting her way back and was named to Team USA for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. She finished 21st despite pain in her knee and said she took great honor in being the first woman to get to jump in an Olympic Games, thanks to having bib No. 1.

Sarah also is a talented soccer player and loves to alpine and tele ski.  But her favorite feeling in the world is skiing down the in-ramp going 60-plus miles per hour and flying as far as she can.

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My heart was beating and everything was shaking and I didn’t know if I could pull it off. Afterward, it was the best feeling ever.
— Sarah Hendrickson, on winning the 2013 World Championships
 
 

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