World champion ski jumper Sarah Hendricks suffered a torn ACL and injured her MCL and meniscus during a training jump in Oberstdorf, Germany at the end of August and the surgery to repair her injured knee has been considered a success. There is still no return date set for the 19-year-old, but she is hopeful that she will be able to return in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Hendrickson is considered a favorite and one of the most likely Americans to medal if she can get healthy in time for the Sochi Olympics, so the U.S. Ski Team is hoping that she will be ready to go in time for February’s competition.
“Life has a crazy way of working out and this is definitely not the path I had planned,” Hendrickson said in a press release. “I’m determined to make my coaches, friends, family, country and myself proud by working as hard as I can on my recovery.”
If Hendrickson is not healthy enough to compete in next year’s Winter Olympics, look for Japan’s Sara Takanashi to be the clear favorite to take home gold. The 16-year-old Japanese sensation was able to edge Hendrickson for the 2012-13 World Cup season title last season.