Sarah Hendrickson, of the U.S. Women’s Team achieved the second World Cup win of her career today in mountains of Hinterzarten, Germany. The young skier took the lead after her first jump, which was a dominating 107.5 meters!
Sarah had this to say about the factors in play this weekend, “Yesterday was difficult with the weather and I haven’t been here in a couple years. Today I got in another good training jump and got a feel for the hill. I was super confident after that and knew warming up that I could do it.”
Teammate Jessica Jerome joined Hendrickson on the podium in third place and as the only two women to clear 100 meters in distance during the final round. Jerome came into today’s event with a great deal of confidence, “I got a lot of sleep last night and I woke up and felt good today and knew I was capable of having good jumps and doing well on this hill.” Yesterday’s star, Lindsey Van had a solid performance despite missing the opening event, and resides in the fourth place slot.
Today’s victory gives Hendrickson a very comfortable lead in this season’s World Cup Standings, keeping her well ahead of France’s Coline Mattel with a 229 – 140 point spread. This has been an amazing showing for World Cup Ski jumping’s inaugural season as a World Cup event. The USA has managed to podium at every jumping event this season, and with its inclusion in the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi 2014, the US Team is poised to be an unstoppable medal-winning force!
Jerome had this to say about the emerging sport of competitive jumping, “With the continued growth of the sport and it being more competitive than years ago, everyone is definitely fine-tuned and absolutely everything counts.”
Sarah Hendrickson was just as excited about her teammates’ performance today as she was of her own, “It’s so awesome to see Jessica do that well. She had awesome jumps today and so did Lindsey. To have three of us in the top 10 … No other nation can say that today. We train hard and compete well.”