Winter sports: Park City ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson climbs standings
Sapporo, Japan • Park City's Sarah Hendrickson was third and seventh in a pair of tough and windy competitions here this weekend, boosting her to second place overall on the World Cup.
Hours before Sunday's event, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake rattled the northern Japanese island of Hakkaido, the epicenter of which was about 120 miles east Sapporo. There were no reports of damage, though it made for an interesting start to Sunday's competition.
Hendrickson endured multiple gate change delays to finish on the podium in third place with jumps of 93.5 and 87.5 meters.
U.S. teammates Lindsey Van clinched eighth with jumps of 91 and 87 meters, Jessica Jerome was a strong 15th with jumps of 87 and 90.5 meters, and Abby Hughes was 29th with jumps of 80 and 78 meters. Austria's Jacqueline Seifriedsberger claimed her first World Cup victory and Norway's Anette Sagen had a huge leap of 99 meters in her second round to take second.
"It was typical weather for this area and made the [competition] very difficult," said Van. "You never know what kind of wind you are going to get, so it is like a lotto game. I enjoy the randomness most of the time, though. It is an outdoor sport and is always fun."
Saturday's event ended after the first round of jumping due to high and irregular winds, leaving Hendrickson in seventh, Jerome in 10th, Van 28th and Hughes 34th. France's Coline Mattel was 1st over Seifriedsberger and Sagen.
Home country favorite and current World Cup leader Sara Takanashi, 16, finished 12th on Saturday and fifth on Sunday.
World Cup competition continues this weekend in Zao, Japan.
Men's ski jumping
'HARRACHOV, Czech Republic • Gregor Schlierenzauer made history Sunday by setting the record for most career World Cup ski jumping victories.
The 23-year-old Austrian won a morning competition for his record 47th World Cup victory and added one more with a win in another race on a flying hill in the afternoon.
"Unbelievable," Schlierenzauer said.
Retired Finnish jumper Matti Nykanen has 46 victories.
In the morning, Schlierenzauer took the lead after the first jump of 193.5 meters and cleared 211.0 meters in the second for a combined 421.7 points in windy conditions.
Robert Kranjec of Slovenia finished second with 421.4 points after jumping 197.0 and 204.0 meters and Jan Matura of the Czech Republic was third.
The race was originally planned for Saturday but was postponed due to high winds.
Later in the day, Schlierenzauer claimed his 48th top finish after leaping 197.5 meters for 191.8 points in the first round. That was enough for the victory because the second round was canceled due to strong and changing winds.
Matura took second after a jump of 194.5 meters with 187.2 points while Jurij Tepes of Slovenia was third.
Schlierenzauer holds a significant lead in the overall standings with 1,200 points and nine events to go. Norway's Anders Bardal is a distant second with 757 points.
The northern Czech resort will organize the World Championship in ski flying on this hill next year.
SOCHI, Russia • Double Olympic champion Charles Hamelin won the men's 1,000-meter race at a short-track speedskating World Cup event Sunday.
The Canadian earned his third victory of the season in 1 minute, 26.957 seconds at the Iceberg arena, which will host the short-track and figure skating events at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Semen Elistratov of Russia was second in 1:27.034. American J.R. Celski was third.
Wu Daijing led China's 1-2 finish in the men's 500. Wu won in 41.702 seconds with Yu Jiyang second in 41.814.
Vancouver Olympics bronze medalist Park Seung-hi of South Korea won the women's 1,000 meters in 1:30.553. World Cup discipline leader Elise Christie of Britain finished second in 1:30.757.
Fan Kexin of China won the women's 500 in 44.195 seconds. Italy's Arianna Fontana was second.
Russia won the men's 5,000-meter relay, while China was first in the women's 3,000 relay.
In Grasgehren, Germany, Tamas Kraus of the Czech Republic won a freestyle World Cup ski cross event, while Alex Fiva of Switzerland retained the overall lead despite finishing sixth.
Kraus beat Canadian Tristan Tafel in the final. Sweden's Victor Oehling Norberg was third.
With five events remaining, Fiva has 424 points overall, one more than compatriot Armin Niederer, who cut the gap by finishing fourth. Kraus is third overall, followed by Canadian Brady Leman and American John Teller.
Ophelie David of France won the women's event, with Germany's Christina Manhard in second place and another Frenchwoman, Marielle Berger Sabbatel, third.
Fanny Smith of Switzerland maintained her overall lead despite finishing 13th. Smith has 416 points, with David on 371 and Canada's Kelsey Serwa on 301.
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