Sarah Hendrickson on jumping team

Jessica Jerome sits down with espnW's Julie Foudy to discuss the long fight to get women's ski jumping included in the Winter Olympic program.

Sarah Hendrickson and Lindsey Van will join Jessica Jerome at next month's Sochi Games, where women's ski jumping will be part of the Olympic program for the first time.

The team was nominated based on World Cup results, Olympic trials success (Jerome won last month's event) and coaches' input. The official U.S. Olympic roster will be announced by the U.S. Olympic Committee on Jan. 27.

Hendrickson, the reigning world champion who injured her right knee in a training crash last August and underwent major reconstructive surgery, bulled her way through an accelerated rehab program and returned to jump training two weeks ago. After being assessed by medical staff and by head coach Alan Alborn, she was made a discretionary selection.

"This inaugural Olympic women's ski jumping team has already inspired so many people around the world and will continue to do so for years to come," Alborn said in a press release Wednesday. "They are strong athletes and strong individuals because of the challenges and hardships they have faced both in the sport and outside of it. They have built this path to the Olympic Games brick-by-brick and they have done most of the heavy lifting."

Van, considered by many a pioneer in women's jumping, will finally get her chance to compete in the Games after fighting for years for women's Olympic inclusion in the sport.

The women's competition will be held Feb. 11 in Sochi.

Information from's Bonnie D. Ford was used in this report.

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