Women soar into the history books in ski jumping event

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SOCHI, Russia — Thirty women from 12 countries soared into the history books Tuesday night during an impressive Olympic debut of women’s ski jumping at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center.

The depth of talent in the field yielded an intense battle with eight different nations in the top 10, six athletes jumping over 100 meters, and the top three separated by only 2.2 points with Germany’s Carina Vogt becoming the first-ever gold medalist.

Jessica Jerome led the results for Team USA in 10th, while Lindsey Van and Sarah Hendrickson, both of Park City, Utah, finished 15th and 21st respectively.

“We have arrived. We’re hard working, we’re dedicated and we’re good at what we do. It’s a close competition. You’re not having one person beat everybody all the time by 30 points. It could be anyone’s game. There’s depth and it’s fun,” said Jerome.

Hendrickson mounted an amazing comeback to be in the 2014 Games after a serious knee injury in August. She underwent surgery, rehabilitation and intense training in order to make the Olympic team.

Because of her injury and lack of World Cup points, she was assigned bib one and became the first woman to ever jump in an Olympic Winter Games.

Germany’s Carina Vogt went down in history as the first-ever women’s ski jumping gold medalist, while Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria won silver and Coline Mattel of France bronze. Japanese World Cup leader Sara Takanashi surprisingly did not medal in the event.

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