Posted: Dec 25, 2013 7:47 PM
Updated: Dec 25, 2013 7:48 PM
While world champion Sarah Hendrickson continues rehabilitation from a knee injury and still hopes to compete at Sochi, a precocious Japanese flyer has emerged as the gold medal favorite when women's ski jumping makes its debut, finally, at the Winter Olympics in February.
Sara Takanashi has won all three World Cup ski jumping events this season and dominates the overall standings.
And in the middle of January, the 17-year-old Takanashi will have two "home" World Cup events for her to pad her lead at Sapporo and Zao, Japan. And perhaps to give her even more confidence for a podium performance at Sochi.