US world champion ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson could become the miracle story of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. In August 2013 while training in Germany with the US National Team this talented ski jumper damaged the ligaments in her knee which prevented her from competing all season. However, Sarah Hendrickson has displayed the tenacity and fortitude of a lion that is far greater than one would expect of someone who is only 19 years old.
For the past five and half months Sarah Hendrickson has trained 8 hours a day, recuperating and strengthening her knee under the supervision of the US ski team physical therapists and only this past week did she resume ski jumping. The results of her return to skills must have been quite impressive because despite having two other capable skiers on the team the US Olympic ski committee made the decision to name Sarah Hendrickson to the team even though she has not competed in any competition since her injury.
Sarah Hendrickson's return to the US National team after suffering an injury during the year in which the Olympics will be taking place and having ski jumping for women being involved in the Olympic format for the first time is the material that Hollywood movies are made of and makes one think back to the "Miracle on Ice" with the US Olympic team.
If Sarah Hendrickson is able to win Olympic gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics she will become a symbol of perseverance for young female athletes throughout the United States and will likely become the media darling of the television networks. The television network executives have been wondering who might become the American golden girl after the injury to downhill skier Lindsay Vonn forced her to withdraw from the Olympics and that person might be Sarah Hendrickson if she is able to win in Sochi.