Sarah Hendrickson wins overall title

Updated: March 4, 2012, 1:26 AM ET
Associated Press

ZAO, Japan -- American teenager Sarah Hendrickson won for the eighth time in the first 12 events in the inaugural women's World Cup ski jumping season, edging Japan's Sara Takanashi on Sunday.

The 17-year-old Hendrickson, from Park City, Utah, wrapped up the overall title Saturday.

She finished with 249.1 points Sunday on jumps of 98.0 and 94.5 meters.

"Knowing that I already had secured the overall title, it made it easier to jump with less pressure," Hendrickson said. "I was able to be more relaxed and that helped me have strong jumps today."

The season will end next weekend in Norway.

"I'm a little tired, but this has been amazing and I'm looking forward to Oslo and finishing out this great first World Cup season and enjoying it with my teammates," Hendrickson said.

Jessica Jerome, also from Park City, was fifth.

"We've had a terrific experience in Japan and the hospitality and the competition here was superb," Jerome said. "I've been working on my jumps and getting slowly better and better. I knew what I had to do and am capable of doing, so I just had to go out there and consistently put two good jumps together. We're really excited to head to Oslo and wrap up the most killer season our team has ever had."


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