Olympic Ski Jumper Explains What It’s Like To Go From 0 To 60MPH In 3 Seconds And Jump Off A Mountain

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Raise your hand if you’re pumped for the 2018 Winter Olympics. *This is me raising my hand* I’ve been watching qualifier events, NBC promos, and athlete commercials for weeks now getting hyped. Sure, the Winter Olympics are only about 50% as exciting as the Summer Olympics and Vegas has the U.S. as 3rd (+700) in the potential race for ‘most gold medals’ behind Norway (-120) and Germany (+200) but it’s still a month of getting to watch sports at a time when the only things that would normally be on TV are Maury and The View.

Olympic ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson represents Team USA as she flies off the launch and covers the length of football field. From the moment she tips her skis she gathers speed and goes from 0 to 60mph in only three seconds. Sarah got together with Great Big Story to explain what it feels like to jump off of a mountain at crazy speeds:

If that didn’t get you jacked up for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea then I don’t know what will…Actually, maybe I do. Maybe what you’re looking for is a highlight video of Shaun White’s craziest halfpipe runs. Or maybe just want to see a replay of Shaun’s ‘Perfect 100’ run at the Winter X Games a few years ago. If that’s the case, check this out: