Through intense winds leading to continuous restarts of the FIS World Cup, Sunday’s doubleheader of Ski Jumping in Zao, Japan was full of challenges in the finals. With Park City Utah local, Sarah Hendrickson leading the U.S. Ski team, three American athletes placed in the top eight in the second event including Lindsey Van in 6th and Jessica Jerome in 8th.
Sarah Hendrickson sky high and soaring to 3rd place | Photo: Getty Images-Adam Pretty
Despite complicated weather and intense competition, the U.S. Ski Team overcame the challenges. Hendrickson commented on the difficult situation, “There have been a lot of delays during the past days and we did not know how the weather would look like today. Nice to see that everything worked out well and that the conditions were so fine. For our team it was not an easy week because our coach had to leave Japan (death in family), but right now I am really happy about my result.”
Competition in Japan was fierce with Sara Takanashi who took gold for both events. During the second competition, Takanashi hit the 102 meter mark, less than a half of a meter off her hill record
last year in March. Hendrickson persevered through the stormy conditions and finished strong with jumps of 93.0 and 92.0 to finish 3rd and 4th place. In Sunday’s first event, Hendrickson placed 4th with Jerome following in 5th place and Van in 7th place.
U.S. Ski Team's Jessica Jerome in action | Photo: ussa.org
Jessica Jerome commented on the conditions, “Because of all the snow and wind, we were all really glad that the comp was canceled yesterday (Saturday) even though that meant we would have two comps in one day. We managed fine with everything. Today was great and we were able to get off four jumps with no problem at all. I think that I had the conditions on my side today, but aside from that I've been making improvements on my in-run and it felt really good to put two jumps together and make it work. It was a really good day.”
Don’t miss FIS in Europe with a pair of events in Ljubno, Slovenia before the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
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