WATCH: Team USA ski jumper soars from historic NH ski jump for last time
MILAN — Team USA ski jumper and Red Bull athlete Sarah Hendrickson soared from the Big Nansen ski jump in New Hampshire, a jump that has not seen flight in 32 years.
The Nansen Ski Jump had not seen flight in 32 years after being constructed in 1936 and home to the first U.S. Olympic trials. New Hampshire State Parks and the Friends of Nansen recently restored the jump to make it functional for one final flight.
Hendrickson soared above Coos County Saturday to celebrate the awakening of the "Sleeping Giant," a nickname for the jump dubbed by the local community. Anna Hoffmann, Women’s Ski Jumping USA’s junior team member, joined Hendrickson and was the first to test the jump.
“Ski jumping was once a huge part of the community here, and I can still feel that when I am here,” said Hendrickson, the 2013 women’s ski jumping World Champion. “People are really excited about this project and having this jump restored as a historical landmark, it’s really an honor to come back and jump and hear the stories from families in this area.”
Hendrickson was the first woman to ever jump in a ski jumping event at the Olympics and is now the last to jump the "Sleeping Giant."