How Olympian Is Making History Even Before the Medals Are Decided

Feb 11, 2014 9:43am

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Sarah Hendrickson, a Team USA ski jumper, will be the first woman to ever compete in ski jumping at the Olympic games.

The 19-year-old from Salt Lake City tweeted today that she has the coveted No. 1 bib, meaning she will be the first woman to take flight today in the competition.

 

Ski jumping runs in Hendrickson’s family. After watching her father and brother, Hendrickson took up her own skis when she was 7.

Since then, she’s made a name for herself, and racked up impressive wins: a U.S. title, a World Championship gold medal and a World Cup globe.

No matter the outcome today, she said she’s proud to be one of the 30 female competitors to make history.

 

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