U.S. women 11th, 12th and 19th after first of two jumps in Olympic debut of women’s ski jumping


Lindsey Van points to spectators after her first run Tuesday in the normal hill competition. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

KRASNAYA POLYANA — The three American women stand 11th, 12th and 19th after the first of two jumps in the inaugural Olympic women’s ski jumping competition at the Sochi Games.

Lindsey Van is 11th, having covered 97 meters and earning 116.4 points; the scores for each jump reflect points for style, as well as adjustments for wind.

Jessica Jerome covered the same distance, 97 meters, and earned 116.3 points, for 12th.

And Sarah Hendrickson, 19, in her first jump in competition since tearing an ACL in August, was 19th after covering 94 meters and finishing with a score of 112.4.

Each woman will take two jumps at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, with the scored added to determine the medals. Holding the lead is Germany’s Carina Vogt (126.8, on a jump of 103 meters).

Gold medal favorite Sara Takanashi of Japan is in third (100 meters, 124.1 points).

The starting order for the second jumps will follow the standings after the first round, in inverse order.

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