World Champion and ski sensation Sarah Hendrickson recently underwent surgery for her right knee. Due to the sustainment of her injury during training jump in Obersdorf, Germany,on Aug. 21, Hendrickson required ACL reconstruction, MCL and meniscal repair. The surgery was performed by U.S. Ski Team physician Dr. Andrew Cooper of Salt Lake City.
Sarah Hendrickson ready for a speedy recovery | Photo: Facebook/Sarah Hendrickson
Hendrickson is already making her recovery in her home of Park City, Utah. The 19-year-old athlete commented on her surgery, “Life has a crazy way of working out and this is definitely not the path I had planned. I’m determined to make my coaches, friends, family, country and myself proud by working as hard as I can on my recovery.”
U.S. Ski Team Medical Director Kyle Wilkens stated, “While it’s too early to identify a specific recovery window, the medical team will work with Sarah to ensure the best care in rehabilitation. A full recovery is anticipated.”
Sarah Hendrickson sky high | Photo: Getty Images-Adam Pretty
Not a stranger to athletic injuries, Hendrickson underwent surgery last summer to repair damage to her left knee. Though she was out for five months, Hendrickson healed quickly and finished the 2013 World Cup season in second place overall and to win the 2013 World Championships in February in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
Alan Alborn, Head Program and Development Coach for Women’s Ski Jumping USA, said “Sarah’s professionalism as an athlete not only shines through on the ski jump but in her daily life and most importantly in the gym, where she continuously pushes herself to be the best,” Alborn said. “The coaching staff has all the confidence in the world that she will again return to high level athletic performance.”