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Ski jumper Kasai hopes to compete until he’s 50

Kyodo

Noriaki Kasai who won a pair of medals at February’s Sochi Winter Olympic Games, said Friday he wants to continue jumping until he’s 50.

The 41-year-old Kasai, who this year became the oldest winner on the men’s World Cup circuit, told a news conference in Tokyo, “I’ll be 45 at the time of the next Olympics, and 49 for the one after that. It (managing that) would be no different from what I’ve been doing up until now.”

“If my body permits, I want to keep going until I’m 50.”

Kasai, who has now competed in the Winter Games seven times, won a silver medal in the Sochi large hill and a bronze in the team competition.

Kasai, whose mantra is “seize your dreams through effort,” explained his longevity by saying, “Over the years, I’ve developed a style that works at the world level.”