A ski jumper who helped breathe new life into a historic ski jump in Coos County is now heading to the Olympics.
Last year Sarah Hendrickson became the first person to hit the Nansen Ski Jump in Milan in decades. The jump used to host Olympic trials and national championships but over the years had fallen into disrepair.
Hendrickson’s jump was part of an effort to restore the 171 foot structure and honor its history. But she says the jump also helped her.
“You know, somewhere between world cups, and injuries, and Olympic stuff it kind of presses on that passion. So when you get to step away and do something that’s so much more than just the regimen, it can really leave a mark. So that’s how it motivated me, was just to remember why I’m a ski jumper.”
Hendrickson is scheduled to compete in the Women’s Ski Jump event in Pyeonchang on February 12th.