Sarah Hendrickson will be the first woman to ever ski jump at the Olympics

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Sarah Hendrickson's gold medal dreams effectively ended when she tore her ACL and MCL in a bad crash late last year. The knee injury has limited the jump lengths of the 19-year-old American and Hendrickson will have to compete in Tuesday's event jumping from a lower gate.

Despite that disappointment, Hendrickson will still head home with an Olympics to remember because she'll be the first woman to ever take an official ski jump at a Winter Games. Despite being an event for men since the first Winter Games in 1924, this is the first time ski jumping has been an event for the women.
Kevin Kaduk

Team USA ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson
Team USA ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson
Team USA ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson
Sarah Hendrickson from the U.S. soars through the air during the women's ski jumping individual normal hill training event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor February 10, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Hendrickson from the U.S. soars through the air during the women's ski jumping individual normal hill training event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor
Sarah Hendrickson from the U.S. soars through the air during the women's ski jumping individual normal hill training event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor February 10, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 23: Ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot at Smashbox West Hollywood on April 23, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 23: Ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot at Smashbox West Hollywood on April 23, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
@schendrickson: Crazy day at Olympic processing in Munich! First ever women's ski jumping Olympic team flying to Sochi in the morning! @lindseyvan12 had a fun time I promise :) #sochi2014 #nike @jessicajerome @teamusa #teamusa (Instagram)
@schendrickson: Crazy day at Olympic processing in Munich! First ever women's ski jumping Olympic team flying to Sochi in the morning! @lindseyvan12 had a fun time I promise :) #sochi2014 #nike @jessicajerome @teamusa #teamusa (Instagram)
@schendrickson: Crazy day at Olympic processing in Munich! First ever women's ski jumping Olympic team flying to Sochi in the morning! @lindseyvan12 had a fun time I promise :) #sochi2014 #nike @jessicajerome @teamusa #teamusa (Instagram)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 09: Sarah Hendrickson of United States prepares for her jump during the Ladies' Normal Hill Individual Ski Jumping training on day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Ski Jumping - Winter Olympics Day 2
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 09: Sarah Hendrickson of United States prepares for her jump during the Ladies' Normal Hill Individual Ski Jumping training on day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
@schendrickson: Selfies on the way to the @TODAYshow in Rosa Khator today! So fun :) Looking good with @jessicajerome (Twitter)
@schendrickson: Selfies on the way to the @TODAYshow in Rosa Khator today! So fun :) Looking good with @jessicajerome (Twitter)
@schendrickson: Selfies on the way to the @TODAYshow in Rosa Khator today! So fun :) Looking good with @jessicajerome (Twitter)
‏@schendrickson: A little peek at something special I’ll be sharing in a few days, courtesy of @united Airlines. #TeamUSAfriendly (Twitter)
@schendrickson: A little peek at something special I’ll be sharing in a few days, courtesy of @united Airlines. #TeamUSAfriendly (Twitter)
‏@schendrickson: A little peek at something special I’ll be sharing in a few days, courtesy of @united Airlines. #TeamUSAfriendly (Twitter)
@schendrickson: WOOOHOOOO! WE ARE GOING TO SOCHI! #redull #roadtosochi #sochi2014 #teamoakley #greatstartssarah #teamusana #nike @teamusa (Instagram)
@schendrickson: WOOOHOOOO! WE ARE GOING TO SOCHI! #redull #roadtosochi #sochi2014 #teamoakley #greatstartssarah #teamusana #nike @teamusa (Instagram)
@schendrickson: WOOOHOOOO! WE ARE GOING TO SOCHI! #redull #roadtosochi #sochi2014 #teamoakley #greatstartssarah #teamusana #nike @teamusa (Instagram)
@schendrickson: Huge thanks to Visa for being a SWEET sponsor! Hooking it up with personalized cards! #sochi2014 #visa (Instagram)
@schendrickson: Huge thanks to Visa for being a SWEET sponsor! Hooking it up with personalized cards! #sochi2014 #visa (Instagram)
@schendrickson: Huge thanks to Visa for being a SWEET sponsor! Hooking it up with personalized cards! #sochi2014 #visa (Instagram)
Sarah Hendrickson during a photoshoot. (Facebook)
Sarah Hendrickson
Sarah Hendrickson during a photoshoot. (Facebook)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 09: Sarah Hendrickson of USA prepares for his jump during the Ladies' Normal Hill Individual Ski Jumping training on day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at RusSki Gorki Jumping Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Ski Jumping - Winter Olympics Day 2
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 09: Sarah Hendrickson of USA prepares for his jump during the Ladies' Normal Hill Individual Ski Jumping training on day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at RusSki Gorki Jumping Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 09: Sarah Hendrickson of USA prepares for his jump during the Ladies' Normal Hill Individual Ski Jumping training on day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at RusSki Gorki Jumping Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Ski Jumping - Winter Olympics Day 2
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 09: Sarah Hendrickson of USA prepares for his jump during the Ladies' Normal Hill Individual Ski Jumping training on day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at RusSki Gorki Jumping Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Sarah Hendrickson from the U.S. prepares during the women's ski jumping individual normal hill training event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING)
Hendrickson from the U.S. prepares during the women's ski jumping individual normal hill training event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, in Rosa Khutor
Sarah Hendrickson from the U.S. prepares during the women's ski jumping individual normal hill training event of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SKIING)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 08: Sarah Hendrickson of the United States trains during the Ladies' Normal Hill Individual Ski Jumping training on day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Ski Jumping - Winter Olympics Day 1
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 08: Sarah Hendrickson of the United States trains during the Ladies' Normal Hill Individual Ski Jumping training on day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

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