Giggles

Sarah Hendrickson

After about two years of watching my brother jump, I got sick of just watching and wanted to try it out myself.

Sarah Hendrickson jumps on the K100 hill in Lillehammer, Norway on December, 8 2014
© Mirja Geh/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Sarah Hendrickson. My discipline is ski jumping. My friends call me Giggles. I was born on 1 August 1994 .

Bio

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.

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Ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson poses for a portrait in Santa Monica in 2012.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2014
    1. Double 2nd Place: FIS Continental Cup Ski Jumping

      1st and 2nd Continental Cup competitions

      Trondheim, Norway

  2. 2013
    1. 2nd Place: FIS Ski Jumping World Cup - Overall

  3. 2012
    1. 1st Place: FIS Ski Jumping World Cup - Overall

    2. 2nd Place: FIS Junior World Ski Championships - Normal Hill

      Erzurum, Turkey

  4. 2010
    1. 3rd Place: FIS Junior World Ski Championships - Normal Hill

      Hinterzarten, Germany

  5. 2009
    1. 1st Place: FIS Continental Cup Ski Jumping - Normal Hill

      Zakopane, Poland