Hendrickson wins women’s ski jump
VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (AP)
American teenager Sarah Hendrickson won the women’s ski jumping title Friday, defeating Sara Takanashi of Japan at the Nordic skiing world championships.
The 18-year-old Hendrickson had a 347-foot, 9-inch effort on the first jump and scored a total of 253.7 points.
Takanashi finished with 251 points, followed by Jacqueline Seifriedsberger of Austria with 237.2
It is a positive sign for Hendrickson ahead of next year’s Olympics, where women’s ski jumping be featured for the first time.
The 16-year-old Takanashi has won the last four World Cup events. She also captured the junior world championship title last month, where Hendrickson finished sixth.