Something good had to come from this. Jenna Hanson just knew it. She kept telling herself that, over and over, until she eventually she believed it.
A promising three-sport athlete at Honeyoe Falls-Lima High School in central New York State, Jenna’s spunk and optimism turned a broken neck into a gold medal. And her story provides plenty of inspiration in navigating the curve balls life likes to lob our way.
Jenna was a typical, vivacious high school sophomore, competing in cross country, skiing and track. She had talent, work ethic and an enthusiasm for sport, friends and family that set the groundwork for an impressive scholastic career. Then in mid-October she was practicing a flip on a backyard trampoline. And everything changed.
Jenna is a girl with a tank full of sass.
“I didn’t fully rotate all the way and I landed on the back of my head,” she said. “I was only down for a short period of time. I felt a dull pain in the back of my neck but it wasn’t anything too sharp. We didn’t go to the hospital right way and I kept running.”
While Jenna eventually visited the doctor, originally she was diagnosed with a sprain and went on to run two cross