Team USA ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson soars off the Nansen Ski Jump in New Hampshire on Saturday. (Red Bull Content Pool/Dave Trumpore Photo)

After being inactive for more than 30 years, New Hampshire’s historic Nansen Ski Jump came alive Saturday when two international ski jumpers launched from the 80-year-old wooden tower.

According to an article on, Team USA ski jumper Sarah Hendrikson, 22, and junior team member Anna Hoffmann, 16, capped a collaboration between Red Bull and the state of New Hampshire to rehabilitate the jump, locally known as the “Sleeping Giant.”

Red Bull approached the state in 2015 about doing an event that paralleled the restoration and temporary reuse of the Nansen Ski Jump – which opened in 1937 and held the first U.S. Olympic jumping trials in 1938 as well as four national championships. The event also announces loudly Olympian Hendrickson’s return to competition this season and her New Hampshire roots.

Read about ski jumpers using New Hampshire’s Nansen Ski Jump for the first time in decades.