VAL DI FIEMME, Italy — American ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson, 18, became a World Champion on Friday at the 2013 Nordic World Ski Championships in the HS106 competition. She jumped 106.0 meters and 103.0 meters to best a 43-person field in the only women’s event at the championships, earning 253.7 points in total. Sara Takanashi (JPN) took silver with 251.0 points and Jacqueline Seifriedsberger (AUT) was third with 237.2 points.
Hendrickson led teammate Jessica Jerome to sixth for a strong one-two punch for the Americans. Jerome flew to 100.0 meters and 98.0 meters in her two jumps, earning 224.9 points. Lindsey Van (USA) was 16th and Abby Hughes was 33rd.
This is a career first World Championship gold medal for Hendrickson, who was the overall World Cup champion in 2012. She was 16th in Oslo two years ago and 29th in Liberec for her championship debut.