Sarah Hendrickson Continues to Make World Cup History and Breaks Her Own Record !

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 15, 2012 11:29 am

The seventeen-year-old ski jumping sensation Sarah Hendrickson made two absolutely HUGE jumps in Italy this weekend. She set a hill record with her 107.5 meter jump to take first place in Saturday’s competition, and followed that up with an equally impressive performance on Sunday. Hendrickson took the first place podium once again, and with a jump distance of 108 meters, she smashed her previous day’s record and continues to set the bar for a sport she is just starting a career in.

“I love ski jumping. I just love it so much,” a smiling Hendrickson told reporters after her win.

Sarah leads the overall World Cup standings by more than 150 points over the reigning World Champion and long-time veteran competitor Daniela Iraschko, who represents Austria.

“Now for Sarah, it’s simply amazing because she’s on top of the world and the strongest, but at the same time, she’s relaxed and happy and focused,” said International Coach Paolo Bernardi. “That’s where she needs to stay for the next competitions.”

The U.S. Team leads the World cup in overall points and is amplified further by Hendrickson’s dominating performances and continued occupation of the top podium spot. Hendrickson who is currently ranked 1st in the World Cup standings is joined by fellow teammates and veteran competitors Lindsey Van who took 6th place today and currently holds 3rd overall, and Jessica Jerome who finished 10th today continuing her 9th overall ranking.

Lindsey Van credits the team’s success this season to the love everyone on the team feels for the sport of ski jumping and the way they all support one another.

“We all started ski jumping initially to have fun and staying focused on that is what keeps you going,” said Van, currently third in the WC standings behind Hendrickson and Iraschko. “With all we’ve been through in the past 10 years, we really love and appreciate what we do and now we can simply enjoy it”, said Van.

Since the U.S. women ski jumpers and their international counterparts made the successful push for its inclusion in the next Winter Games and it was approved by the International Olympic Committee last April, all eyes are now on the U.S. team. The performance in this year’s World Cup circuit will echo throughout the years leading up to the next Winter Games, and make them the team to beat in 2014.

Competition continues next weekend. The women’s World Cup scheduled for Jan. 28-29 in Szczyrk, Poland, was cancelled for technical organizational reasons and the two events will now take place on Jan. 20 and 21 in Zakopane as Continental Cup (COC) competitions. The women will jump on the normal hill on Friday and Saturday at 10:30 am CET. At both COC’s, the prize money of a World Cup will be awarded to the athletes.

“We’re ready for the next competitions,” Hendrickson said. “Our results just show how strong we are and how well we compete. Every day is a new day and we enjoy this so much – we don’t let anything interfere with that.”


Official Results






[page]World Cup
Val di Fiemme, Predazzo, Italy
Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012
Women’s Normal Hill, K95
(with wind system calculation)

1. Sarah Hendrickson, USA, (104.5, 108) 285.9
2. Daniela Iraschko, AUT, (96.5, 105.5) 273.1
3. Ulrike Graessler, GER, (100.0, 98.0) 250.8

6. Lindsey Van, USA, (94.0 97.0) 244.6
8. Jessica Jerome, USA (94.5 94.5) 242.3
15. Alissa Johnson, USA, (95.0 90.5) 227.9
24. Abby Hughes, USA (89.0 90.0) 207.5

World Cup
Val di Fiemme, Predazzo, Italy
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012
Women’s Normal Hill, K95
(with wind system calculation)

1. Sarah Hendrickson, USA, (105, 107.5) 277.2
2. Daniela Iraschko, AUT, (107.0 103.0) 275.5
3. Anette Sagen, NOR, (95.5 99.5) 248.1

4. Lindsey Van, USA, (103, 93.5) 244.4
6. Jessica Jerome, USA (96.5 94.5) 238.3
22. Abby Hughes, USA (83.5 87.0) 198.1
24. Alissa Johnson, USA (82.0 89.5) 194.1