Born to fly: Hendrickson is back on the hill

19-year-old US ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson gives an update on her recovery following knee surgery.

Sarah Hendrickson summer training in Park City, Utah, July 25, 2013.
Sarah Hendrickson© Nate Christenson/Red Bull Content Pool
Sarah Hendrickson warms up for the FIS World Cup Ski Jumping competition in Lillehammer, Norway, on November 24, 2012.
Sarah has had to train hard© Gali Anikee/Red Bull Content Pool

Since surgery, Hendrickson has been rehabbing six to eight hours a day with team physical therapists at the US Ski Team’s Center of Excellence in Park City.

“Every day in the gym I was dreaming about the days when I would be back on the jumps. Now that I have made it to that point, it is a weight lifted off my shoulders. I, of course, didn't do this alone. My medical team, coaches, and all my supporters pushed me to make this possible and I can't thank them enough.

“Of course, my knee gets sore after a hard day of training but that is to be expected and it’s nothing I can't push past. I am still taking it day by day. I know I am still not 100 percent. However everything is going great so far.”