Four years ago in Liberec, Czech Republic, at the age of 14, Sarah Hendrickson became one of the youngest Americans to ever compete in a Nordic World Ski Championship jumping event, she finished 29th. Two years ago at the World Championships in Oslo, Norway she was 14th.
At this year's Nordic World Ski Championship in Val di Fiemme, Italy - the hometown of U.S. Ski Jumping Coach Paolo Bernardi, Sarah Hendrickson of Park City, Utah soared 106.0 meters on her first jump to take a 3.3 point lead over Japan's Sara Takanashi and then sealed the gold with a 103.0 second jump.
"I can't even put it into words right now," Hendrickson told reporters. "Standing at the top before the first round my heart was beating and everything was shaking and I didn't know if I could pull it off, but, obviously, I put together two good jumps."
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Sarah Hendrickson Celebrates Gold At Nordic World Ski Championship Copyright Getty Images