In August, United States ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson suffered a crash in Germany that left her with a serious knee injury and placed her Olympics hopes in jeopardy.
Hendrickson had surgery to repair her ACL, MCL and meniscus in her right knee, but now she has returned to ski jumping and there is a chance that she could be named to the U.S. Olympic team that will be named Wednesday. The 19 year old could make the team as a discretionary selection.
Hendrickson returned to jumping at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, as she works with U.S. coach Alan Alborn and the medical staff.
“The feeling of that first jump back was one of the best sensations in the entire world,” Hendrickson said, via Olympic Talk. “In the second jump, I let go of the bar and felt completely comfortable. All my nerves simply disappeared. My knee feels very good considering the situation.
“Every day in the gym, I was dreaming about the days when I would be back on the jumps. Now that I have made it to that point, it is weight lifted off my shoulder.”
If Hendricks is named to the Olympic team and able to compete at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, she could be a real contender to win a gold medal.