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Ski jumping: Sarah Hendrickson undergoes surgery on ACL, MCL

Published August 31, 2013 12:56 am

Ski jumping • Procedure, deemed successful, focused on ACL, MCL and meniscus damage.
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World Champion ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson underwent surgery on her right knee Thursday following an injury sustained in Obersdorf, Germany on Aug. 21.

The surgery, which was performed by U.S. Ski Team physician Dr. Andrew Cooper, focused on ACL reconstruction and MCL and meniscus repair in Hendrickson's right knee following her fall on a training jump.

U.S. Ski Team Medical Director Kyle Wilkens said the surgery was successful and a full recovery is anticipated.

"While it's too early to identify a specific recovery window, the medical team will work with Sarah to ensure the best care in rehabilitation," Wilkens said in a release.

Whitney Childers, media director for Women's Ski Jumping USA, said the 19-year-old Hendrickson is expected to start a "pretty intensive rehab regiment" starting next week at the Center of Excellence in her hometown of Park City.

"She's already fighting her way to get back," Childers said. "She's a fighter and she's determined and able."

Hendrickson, the 2012 World Cup ski champion and 2013 World Champion, was considered one of the heavy favorites heading into the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in February.

The Games in Sochi will be the first ever Games to showcase women's ski jumping as part of the Winter Olympiad.

As stated in a release, her timetable for a return to form in time for Sochi remains unknown.

Hendrickson underwent microfracture knee surgery in April 2012 to repair cartilage damage in her left knee. She delayed the surgery that season to keep pace during her mesmerizing World Cup run, when she won nine of the possible 13 events.

"I ski jump for myself, but in the end, it's the team and community behind each athlete that makes one succeed," Hendrickson said in a release. "Life has a crazy way of working out, and this is definitely not the path I had planned. I'm determined to make my coaches, friends, family, country and myself proud by working as hard as I can on my recovery." —