"I'm not all that happy about training today," she said. "I have to give myself a break because I haven't had that many training jumps and this is a new hill. ... I'm just happy to be here."
A team spokeswoman said Hendrickson jumped cautiously by design.
She skipped her first jump because she was scheduled to be the very first jumper and did not care for that, then went easier than usual she ranked 27th and 28th on her two jumps, among 28 jumpers in part because the landing area here is a bit flatter and harder than on some hills, potentially a risk to her knee.
Also, coach Alan Alborn wants Hendrickson to save as much as possible for the competition Tuesday night.
"I took much lower speed today than some of the other girls, something my coaches and I talked about just to help out with any situations," Hendrickson said. "But we have more training days."
The other Americans, Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome, had mixed days on the hill.
Both took all three jumps. Van finished 18th, 17th and seventh on her jumps, while Jerome was 13th, 16th and 12th. Japan's Sara Takanashi, the two-time defending World Cup champion and heavy favorite, had the longest first jump at 98.0 meters, but Austria's Daniela Iraschko-Stolz beat her on the final two jumps, soaring 100.0 and 99.0 meters.
"It was perfect today," Van said. "The hill is great, the weather is great. I feel good and I'm ready."
- Michael C. Lewis