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Hendrickson Wins Holmenkollen Large Hill

Sarah Hendrickson flew 133.5 meters to her fourth World Cup win at the women’s large hill debut and season finale at the legendary Holmenkollen.

“Jumping here today, I can hardly put into words,” said Hendrickson. “I love jumping big hills. We’ve been able to train on big hills for the past couple weeks at home, which is what I love. The bigger the hill, the better, for me. Then jumping in front of so many people and with the guys. It’s an amazing experience and I love ski jumping more and more every day. Yeah, wonderful day to remember forever.”

Hendrickson jumped 133.5 and 129.0 meters and, with her more polished telemark style on landing, won over Japanese rival Sara Takanashi’s distance.

“We put on red lipstick to celebrate the season final and show that we’re girls and we’re proud of it,” said Hendrickson. “We’ve come a long way with women’s ski jumping. It’s a historical day for us jumping the big hill and we’re proud of it.”

Hendrickson ended up second in the World Cup overall standings behind Takanashi (1,297-1,047), while Lindsey Van placed eighth and Jessica Jerome ninth.

For the second year in a row, Women’s U.S. ski jumping clinched the women’s nation ski jumping World Cup title.

Geoff Mintz

Associate Editor

Geoff Mintz is a former alpine ski racer who cut his teeth at Ragged Mountain and Waterville Valley, N.H. After graduating from Holderness and UVM, he relocated to Colorado, where he worked as an instructor at Beaver Creek prior to pursuing a career in journalism. He currently lives in the woods above Vail with his wife, Colleen.

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