Everything was progressing well for Park City native Sarah Hendrickson to win a gold medal in women's ski jumping's inaugural showing in the next month's Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
She was crowned the inaugural World Cup circuit champion in 2012. She finished second overall on the 2013 World Cup circuit.
Then she severely injured her right knee during a training jump in Germany in August of last year. She instantly went from a gold medal favorite to just hoping to return to health in time to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. To get to that point, Hendrickson needed to start small.