Utah native and ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson will be honored with the Olympian of the Year award by none other than Utah’s Governor Herbert at the second annual Governor’s State of Sport Awards. The awards ceremony recognizes those individuals and groups that have made remarkable contributions to sport in Utah in 2012.
“Utah is proud of its Olympic legacy and the success of our Olympic athletes that live and train here,” commented Governor Herbert. “Our world class venues, athletes training and hosting of major sporting events has helped to create successful Olympians like Sarah Hendrickson.”
Hendrickson had the luxury of growing up close by the Utah Olympic Park in Park City. She followed in the foot steps of her father and brother into ski jumping as she watched the 2002 Olympic Winter Games as a seven-year-old with a bright future. Today, Hendrickson is on the eve of her greatest challenge yet in Sochi at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. She has established herself as a fierce competitor in ski jumping s she currently holds the championship title for the 2012 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup.
“Since I was born and raised in this wonderful state of Utah, it is such an honor to receive an award from the Governor himself,” stated Sarah Hendrickson. “Having an award given to an athlete just shows how much pride the state puts in its athletes and sport programs. I am very honored.”
Hendrickson was destined for greatness starting from a young age, as she was a mere 13-years-old when she medaled on the large hill at U.S. Championships. One year later she stood atop the podium as the champ at the FIS Continental Cup. She was a Junior Worlds medalist by 15 and won on the Olympic jump in Lillehammer at the inaugural FIS World Cup season for women’s ski jumping as a 17-year-old. She proceeded to snatch 9 of 13 World Cups and moved on to win the World Cup title. During her first trip to Sochi in December 2012, she was able to secure another win on the Olympic hill.
“Athletes like Sarah continue to play a key role in reminding the world that Utah has a very strong Olympic legacy from 2002,” exclaimed Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. “We are thrilled to recognize Sarah for her achievements in the Olympic sport of ski jumping.”
Utah governor Gary Hubert will recognize Sarah and others at the awards luncheon Tuesday April 16, 11:30 am-2 pm at the Zions Bank Basketball Center.