Ski Jumping - Hendrickson wins ski jumping at Sochi Olympic venue

If Sochi's debut as a World Cup ski-jumping event is anything to go by then American Sarah Hendrickson could be in for a successful 2014 after securing victory on Saturday.

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Sarah Hendrickson from the U.S. soars through the air during the women's Sochi Ski Jumping World Cup in Krasnaya Polyana (Reuters)

As a test event ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia was holding its first-ever World Cup ski-jumping event and reigning World Cup champion Hendrickson clearly liked what she saw.

The American finished second to Japan's Sara Takanashi in the season opener in Lillehammer but turned the tables around in Sochi as she scored 264.2 points.

The two are now joint top of the overall World Cup standings on 180 points with Norway's Anette Sagen sitting third on 120 after completing the podium in Russia.

There was a familiar sight in the men's event as Gregor Schlierenzauer collected his 42nd World Cup victory to move just four wins behind Matti Nykanen's all-time record.

Austrian Schlierenzauer edged out Severin Freund to claim the win, closing the gap on the German to just 13 points after four events.

And completing the men's podium in Russia was Austrian Andreas Kofler for his best finish of the season so far.

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