Thursday, January 12, 2012

Women's ski jumping at the Winter Olympics

Taylor Henrich, Canada

The 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games start tomorrow in Innsbruck, and for the first time in any Olympics the ski jump competition is open for women.

Sixteen year old Taylor Henrich from Canada was the first down the jumps - a trailblazer as she was described here.

"It was quite smooth for a first jump of the day. I trained here last year for three days just before the World Junior Championships in Estonia in January 2011, so I already know it a little. Today went well, but there's definitely stuff I can improve."

The first women's World Cup ski jump took place in December, won by another teenager American Sarah Hendrickson with French women Coline Mottel in second.  The sport had been rejected twice for the Vancouver 2010 games, and will be a full Olympic sport in 2014 for the first time.

Good to have some happy news to report!

The Winter Youth Olympics run from tomorrow until January 22nd.

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