Sarah Hendrickson

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Sarah Hendrickson
Sarah Hendrickson Hinterzarten12012013.jpg
Hendrickson in Hinterzarten, 2013
Country United States
Full nameSarah Catherine Hendrickson
Born (1994-08-01) August 1, 1994 (age 28)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Height5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Ski clubPark City Nordic Ski Club
Personal best148 m (486 ft)
Oberstdorf, 20 Aug 2013
World Cup career
Individual wins13
Indiv. podiums25
Indiv. starts61
Team starts3
Overall titles1 (2012)
Updated on 10 March 2019.

Sarah Catherine Hendrickson (born August 1, 1994) is an American retired ski jumper.[1] She won the inaugural women's World Cup season in 2012,[2] finished runner-up in 2013, and won an individual gold medal at the 2013 World Championships.


Hendrickson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended Park City High School until 2011, when she began competing in the Ski Jumping World Cup. During this she moved to The Winter Sports School in Park City, where she graduated in November 2012.

In the first ever women's World Cup season in 2011/12, Hendrickson dominated by winning nine competitions; her first being on December 3, 2011 in Lillehammer. The 2012/13 season saw her win four World Cup competitions while finishing runner-up to nearest rival Sara Takanashi. Hendrickson was also able to win the women's event at the 2013 Ski Jumping World Championships in Val di Fiemme.

On August 21, 2013 in Oberstdorf, Hendrickson suffered a serious knee injury which required reconstructive surgery for a damaged ligament.[3] She was one of five top female jumpers who, within a few months, had a bad fall and was forced to take a long recovery period. Hendrickson's injury would drain the chances of the United States women's team for a good result at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but it was announced on January 22, 2014 that Hendrickson would still be able to make the team in time for the Games.[4] She was granted the historic honor of being the first female to ever jump in a ski jumping event at the Olympics, with women having been allowed to participate in Olympic ski jumping for the first time in history.[5]

Hendrickson re-injured her surgically repaired knee during off-season training in June 2015, ruling her out of the 2015/16 season.[6]

In 2017, in an event sponsored by Red Bull, Hendrickson jumped off the historic Nansen Ski Jump in Berlin, New Hampshire.[7] This event marked the first time the jump had been used in 32 years.

In December 2017, Hendrickson won the women's ski jumping competition at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Nordic Combined & Ski Jumping, securing her place on the U.S. Olympic team for Pyeongchang.[8]

World Cup[edit]


Season Overall L3
2011/12 1st place, gold medalist(s) N/A
2012/13 2nd place, silver medalist(s) N/A
2013/14 N/A
2014/15 8 N/A
2016/17 14 N/A
2017/18 49


No. Season Date Location Hill Size
1 2011/12 3 December 2011   Norway Lillehammer Lysgårdsbakken HS100 (night) NH
2 8 January 2012   Germany Hinterzarten Rothaus-Schanze HS108 NH
3 14 January 2012   Italy Val di Fiemme Trampolino dal Ben HS106 (night) NH
4 15 January 2012   Italy Val di Fiemme Trampolino dal Ben HS106 (night) NH
5 11 February 2012   Slovenia Ljubno Savina Ski Jumping Center HS95 NH
6 12 February 2012   Slovenia Ljubno Savina Ski Jumping Center HS95 NH
7 3 March 2012   Japan Zaō Yamagata HS100 NH
8 4 March 2012   Japan Zaō Yamagata HS100 NH
9 9 March 2012   Norway Oslo Midtstubakken HS106 NH
10 2012/13 8 December 2012   Russia Sochi RusSki Gorki HS106 NH
11 12 January 2013   Germany Hinterzarten Rothaus-Schanze HS108 NH
12 15 March 2013   Norway Trondheim Granåsen HS105 NH
13 17 March 2013   Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken HS134 LH


  1. ^ Taylor, T. (2008). From Bulkeley to Bulkley to Buckley: The Ancestors and Descendants of Moses Bulkley (1727–1812). Xlibris Corporation. pp. 1–90. ISBN 9781469120317. Retrieved April 10, 2015.[self-published source]
  2. ^ Jessica (2011-12-04). "USA's Sarah Hendrickson wins first-ever Women's Ski Jumping World Cup competition" Archived February 22, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. Women's Sports & Entertainment Network. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  3. ^ See Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "Historic Olympic Ski Jumping Team Revealed". Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  5. ^ "sports/olympics/american-woman-jump-olympics-article-1". Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  6. ^ "Ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson undergoes season-ending knee surgery" The Salt Lake Tribune. MediaNews Group. August 27, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "Famed Nansen Ski Jump to host a daring last hurrah". Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Rosen, Karen (December 31, 2017). "After Years Of Injuries, Ski Jumper Sarah Hendrickson Comes Back To Win Olympic Trials". Team USA. Retrieved December 31, 2017.

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