Sarah Hendrickson, an 18-year-old from Park City, Utah, has won the women's ski jumping title at the Nordic world championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
Hendrickson, who trains at the private Winter School in Park City, outdistanced Japan's Sara Takanashi with a best of 347 feet 9 inches and a combined score of 253.7 points in the inaugural event.
The 16-year-old Takanashi, who won the junior world championship title last month, finished with 251 points and Austria's Jacqueline Seifriedsberger took third with 237.2 points.
Hendrickson, who was sixth at the junior championships, said landing a good first jump is key to her success.
“The first jump is really important for me mentally,” she said. “If I can have a good first jump, I know I can have a good second jump. If I have a hard first jump sometimes I mentally shut down, so that was really important for me.”