Hendrickson took home gold at the 2013 World Championships. The American finished second overall in the 2013 World Cup standings only to be bested by Japan's teen sensation Sara Takanashi. One of her 2012-2013 World Cup wins came on the Sochi Olympic venue in Dec. 2012. Women’s ski jumping is one of the new events debuting at the Sochi Games. In Aug. 2013 Hendrickson crashed during training in Germany, tearing her right ACL and MCL. A week later Hendrickson received surgery for her injured knee during which doctors took parts of her hamstring to replace the damaged ACL. In the inaugural 2011-2012 World Cup season, Hendrickson won nine of the 13 World Cup events and she finished first overall in the standings. In two World Cup seasons, Hendrickson has reached the podium 22 times and has 13 World Cup victories. Women’s ski jumping is one of the new events debuting at the Sochi Games.
2013: World Championships - Gold
2012: World Cup Standings - 1st
Things to know:
1. For good luck before ski jumping events, she will tie her left boot before her right boot.
2. Her older brother Nick is part of the Nordic combined team but is not competing in the Olympics.
3. She knows how to ride a unicycle.