American ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson has reportedly suffered ligament damage in her right knee after an accident on Wednesday in Germany, according to the Italian website wintersport-news. The U.S. Ski Team confirmed the injury for the 19-year-old World Champion.
With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics just around the corner, this would be a devastating blow to Hendrickson’s chances of competing in the games. She is considered one of the best chances for the United States to earn gold.
After news of the injury, Hendrickson posted the following message on Twitter:
Everything happens for a reason. There is not one thing in this world that will stop me from the dreams that I have dreamt.
— Sarah Hendrickson (@schendrickson) August 21, 2013
She also posted the following on Instagram:
“Thanks to everyone for the kind words and thankful for @tomhilde for coming to make me feel better Nothing is confirmed and going home to get everything checked out. At least I set a new PR right? 148 was kinda fun? #roadtorecovery.”
Hendrickson will be evaluated again in Utah in hopes of being healthy enough to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. It will be the first year that women’s ski jumping is a part of the Winter Olympics and Hendrickson would love to be a part of Team USA.