Growing up in the shadow of the Olympic jumps in Park City, Utah, Sarah Hendrickson burst onto the scene in 2009, winning a Continental Cup title (then, the highest level in women's ski jumping) at age 14. She went on to win the inaugural world cup season title in 2012 and the women's normal hill gold medal at the 2013 FIS World Championships, showing promising potential for an Olympic podium finish in 2014. However, a training crash during the summer of 2013 sidelined her from competition until the eve of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, where she finished 21st. After taking most of the 2015-16 season off to rehab from surgery, she returned to competition in December 2016 and posted four top-15 world cup finishes before ending the season with an eighth-place finish in the team event at the 2017 FIS World Championships. She will look to make her second Olympic berth in PyeongChang, with hopes of improving on her finish from 2014.