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Hendrickson, Glasder Win Olympic Ski Jump Slots; Geraghty-Moats Fifth

  • Sarah Hendrickson (7) competes in the women's ski jumping event at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Park City, Utah. Hendrickson qualified for the Olympic team. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • Sarah Hendrickson (7) celebrates after winning the women's ski jumping event at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Park City, Utah. Hendrickson qualified for the Olympic team. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • Michael Glasder (5) celebrates after winning the men's ski jumping event at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Park City, Utah. Glasder qualified for the Olympic team. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • CORRECTS TO PARK CITY UTAH Sarah Hendrickson celebrates after winning the women's ski jumping event at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Park City, Utah. Hendrickson qualified for the Olympic team. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)



Sunday, December 31, 2017

Park City, Utah — Former world champion Sarah Hendrickson and Michael Glasder clinched spots in the Pyeongchang Games on Sunday as the overall winners at the U.S. Olympic trials for ski jumping.

Hendrickson was the women’s winner with 263.4 total points after two jumps. She took the lead following a first jump where she covered 97.5 meters at 91.0 kph.

It is the second trip to the Olympics for Hendrickson. She qualified for Sochi in 2014 but finished 21st overall after suffering a major knee injury in a training accident before the games.

West Fairlee’s Tara Geraghty-Moats was fifth in the field of nine women with 224.0 points and a top jump of 92 meters. With the automatic spot settled, Geraghty-Moats and her teammates will be vying for Olympic spots based on upcoming World Cup results. The rest of the team will be announced the week of Jan. 22.

Hendrickson has undergone four knee surgeries since participating in the Sochi Games. Winning at the Olympic trials represents a particularly satisfying step for her in her comeback.

Abby Ringquist followed in second with 248.1 points. Nita Englund took third with 238.9 points.

Nina Lussi fell from third to fourth after suffering an injury on the landing of her second jump. She had to be taken off of the hill on a sled stretcher.

Glasder qualified for his first Olympics after missing the cut in 2010 and 2014. He claimed the men’s title with 270 points after two jumps. Glasder edged in front after covering 98.5 meters at 87.4 kph on his first jump.

“I was relaxed, feeling good, feeling like my technique was heading in the right direction,” Glasder said. “Obviously, showed that today and I’m looking to build on that toward the Olympics.”

Kevin Bickner gave Glasder a stiff challenge after he covered 100 meters at 87.3 kph on his second jump. Bickner finished second with 268.6 points. William Rhoads took third with 256.6 points.