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Park City ski jumper wins gold in world competition

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Posted at 1:23 PM, Feb 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-22 17:22:55-05

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy — Sarah Hendrickson of Park City is now a world champion in ski jumping after competing in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Friday.

Hendrickson, 18, soared 106 meters on her first jump in the competition and 103 meters in a second jump, according to a posting on the US Ski Team’s website.

“I can’t even put it into words right now. I’m so happy. I had confidence on this hill and knew I could have good jumps. But standing at the top before the first round my heart was beating and everything was shaking. I didn’t know if I could pull it off, but, obviously, I put together two good jumps,” Hendrickson said.

Japan’s Sara Takanashi took home the silver.

Watch Hendrickson’s 106 meter jump below: