Growing up in Park City, Utah, Sarah Hendrickson started alpine skiing at age two. Her older brother and her father were both ski jumpers and by the time Sarah was eight, she decided she wanted to try ski jumping, a sport she watched the men compete in during the 2002 Winter Olympics in her home state.
Sarah took to the sport right away and in 2010 she won a bronze medal at the Ski Jumping Junior World Championships, becoming the first American, male or female, to medal at that event. In April of 2011, after years of women ski jumpers lobbying for Olympic inclusion, the International Olympic Committee approved the sport, which debuted at Sochi, Russia in 2014. It was here that Sarah – the 2012 FIS World Cup overall champion – had the honour of making the first competitive jump by a female ski jumper at the Olympic games.Read more