Ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson undergoes reconstructive knee surgery

No timetable for Hendrickson's return

Sarah Hendrickson summer training in Park City, Utah on 25 July 2013. Photo by Nate Christenson / Red Bull Content Pool.

Sarah Hendrickson summer training in Park City, Utah on 25 July 2013. Photo by Nate Christenson / Red Bull Content Pool.

Six weeks ago, ski jump champion Sarah Hendrickson was improving her flying technique inside a wind tunnel as she prepared for the biggest season of her life.

In this Red Bull Media House video, we see Hendrickson working with her coach and the adjustments seemed to work as Hendrickson won the women’s U.S. Ski Jumping title on Aug. 4 at the Utah Olympic Park and finished second at Summer Grand Prix event in Courcheval, France.

But after crashing on a training jump in Oberstdorf, Germany, on Aug. 21, U.S. Ski team physician Dr. Andrew Cooper had to repair her MCL and meniscus and reconstructed her ACL. Team officials declined to outline any specific timetable for her possible return.

Hendrickson has appeared in good spirits on her Twitter and Instagram accounts. The United States will send four jumpers to Sochi 2014 Olympics in February. The winner of the U.S. Olympic trials on Dec. 29 qualifies automatically. Three others will earn berths based on World Cup results. All Olympic sports have a procedure for injured athletes to request a discretionary slot.

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