Sarah Hendrickson sixth at ski jumping World Championships


Sarah Hendrickson finished sixth in defense of her ski jumping World Championship in Falun, Sweden, on Friday.

Much has changed for Hendrickson since she captured gold in 2013. She blew out her right knee in an Aug. 21, 2013, crash and rehabbed quickly to return for women’s ski jumping’s Olympic debut in Sochi, where she was the first woman to jump in the Olympics and finished 21st.

Hendrickson, 20, made her first World Cup podiums since her crash in the two events last weekend leading up to the World Championships.

Her goal in Falun was to reach the podium.

German Carina Vogt captured the World title, complementing her Olympic gold.

Hendrickson’s rival, Japan’s Sara Takanashi, finished fourth on Friday, just as she did as the favorite at the Olympics.

Jessica Jerome, who was the top U.S. finisher in Sochi in 10th place, was ninth in Falun.

Lindsey Van, the third U.S. Olympian and 2009 World champion, has retired from ski jumping, according to her Instagram.

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