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Giant leap forward at ‘94 Winter Olympics site

Sun., Dec. 4, 2011

American teenager Sarah Hendrickson won the first women’s World Cup ski jump on the same Lillehammer hill in Norway used by the men in the 1994 Winter Olympics. The 17-year-old Hendrickson jumped 951/2 meters Saturday, pushing French opponent Coline Mattel to second place. “I held it together and I’m very happy,” a smiling Hendrickson said after the race. Hendrickson, of Park City, Utah, finished with 277 points. Mettel had 247.7 and Melanie Faisst of Germany was third in a field of nearly 50 women from 15 countries. The sport was included on the Olympic program for the 2014 Sochi Games after the International Olympic Committee twice rejected it for the 2010 Vancouver program, arguing that it lacked elite competition.

Associated Press


 

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