Sarah Hendrickson (photo: WSJ-USA)

Hendrickson Soars to Sochi Win

Krasnaya Polyana, Russia – Park City, Utah’s Sarah Hendrickson hopes that she foreshadowed the future on Saturday by winning the first FIS Ski Jumping World Cup on the Russki Gorki Olympic jump in Krasnaya Polyana outside Sochi.

“The head of Sochi’s 2014 Organizing Committee shook my hand and said, ‘Hopefully I will be shaking your hand again at the Winter Games.’ He said that to everybody on the podium, but it was bone chilling to think that we are that close to getting to compete in the Olympic Games for the first time in history,” Hendrickson said. “It was awesome.”

Sarah Hendrickson (photo: WSJ-USA)
Sarah Hendrickson (photo: WSJ-USA)

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 Olympic jumps.

It was the 18-year-old Hendrickson’s first win of the season after she finished second to Takanashi two weeks ago in Lillehammer, Norway. Following Saturday’s competition Hendrickson was tied with Takanashi for the World Cup lead after the two events.

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Women ski jumpers will make their Olympic debut in Sochi in 2014.

U.S. teammates Abby Hughes jumped to a strong 23rd; Jessica Jerome had a technical error on the first jump and finished 35th; Lindsey Van had a strong first jump, but lost her balance and fell in the outrun, finishing 42nd. She was uninjured. All are from Park City.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
FIS Ski Jumping World Cup
Krasnaya Polyana, Russia – Dec. 8, 2012
Women’s HS106

Rank Bib Name Year Nation Jump 1 Jump 2 Points
 1  45 HENDRICKSON Sarah 1994 USA  103.5  103.0  264.2
 2  46 TAKANASHI Sara 1996 JPN  106.0  104.0  258.0
 3  44 SAGEN Anette 1985 NOR  101.5  98.0  245.1
 4  41 IRASCHKO Daniela 1983 AUT  103.5  95.0  242.1
 4  40 MATTEL Coline 1995 FRA  102.0  97.5  242.1
 6  42 INSAM Evelyn 1994 ITA  100.0  96.5  239.1
 7  38 SEIFRIEDSBERGER Jacqueline 1991 AUT  102.5  103.5  237.6
 8  43 VOGT Carina 1992 GER  97.5  101.5  231.6
 9  37 POZUN Katja 1993 SLO  100.5  96.5  225.7
 10  35 WUERTH Svenja 1993 GER  99.0  95.0  220.4
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