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Sarah Hendrickson jumps to title

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. Sarah Hendrickson showed why she is the world champion in women’s ski jumping by soaring to a first-place finish in the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships on Sunday, Oct. 12.

Hendrickson executed jumps of 92.0 and 97.5 meters, followed closely by U.S. Visa Women’s Ski Jumping team members Jessica Jerome, who jumped 92.5 and 96.0 meters, and Tara Geraghty-Moats, who jumped 89.5 and 96.5 meters. Nina Lussi placed fourth, while Nita Englund, who executed only the first jump, placed fifth.

Sarah Hendrickson commented on the competition, saying, "This was a really good competition. Not only was it a beautiful day, but also we demonstrated a high level of competition, which is really good for women’s ski jumping. After training in Europe for three weeks, I feel somewhat mentally exhausted, but was happy to execute two satisfactory jumps and end up in first place."

Teammate Jessica Jerome echoed this enthusiasm, saying, "The conditions for this competition were fair and the five of us were very close in our jumps. Anyone could have won this competition, although I am happy for Sarah. We are really pushing one another to become prepared for upcoming competitions."

In the Women’s Junior K90 competition on Saturday, Cara Larson of the Norge Ski Club soared to first place with jumps of 84.0 and 68.5 meters. Logan Sankey of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, came in second with jumps of 65 and 76.5 meters. Both competitors were participants in the inaugural Fly Girls Camp this past summer, as were fellow competitors Sophia Nester, Gabby Armstrong and Hana Schrock. On Sunday, while competing in the Women’s K90 competition on Sunday, Sankey secured a sixth-place finish, with Larson following close behind with a seventh-place finish.

Women’s Ski Jumping and Fly Girls program coach, Alan Alborn, was pleased with the recent of week of training that culminated in the Flaming Leaves event.

"Having both the U.S. Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team and the Fly Girls train together and then jump together from the same start gave both me and the competitors a snapshot of where they are," said Alborn. "After a tough few weeks in Europe, Sarah tightened her focus to execute her jumps, but the other team members were pushing hard, as well. I am really happy to see Tara and Nina jumping so well these were some of their best jumps in competition. We have developed strong team dynamics and are looking forward to a solid winter competition season."

The U.S. Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team will be returning to Park City to continue training, while the Fly Girls will return to their local jumping clubs. Coach Alan Alborn plans to name the 2014/2015 U.S. Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team in early November.


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