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Jan 8, 2017

Takanashi wins fourth World Cup meet of season

Sara Takanashi made it four wins out of five on the season’s ski jumping world tour on Saturday, marking her 48th career World Cup win, while her Japanese compatriot Yuki Ito jumped to third. In a rare large-hill women’s competition, the 20-year-old had leaps ...

Jan 7, 2017

Ski Association drops sponsorship

The Ski Association of Japan rescinded its sponsorship of five snowboarders on Friday after three underage halfpipe riders were caught drinking last February in Sapporo. The three were in the company of two adult boarders, who were punished for giving their tacit approval to ...

Takagi completes sweep at nationals

Dec 21, 2016

Takagi completes sweep at nationals

Miho Takagi won the women’s 1,500 and 5,000 meters on Wednesday to complete a clean sweep of all four races at the Japan national championships. A day after winning the 500 and the 3,000 at Tokachi Oval in Obihiro, Hokkaido, Takagi won her first ...

Ito edges Takanashi in Yoshida Cup

Dec 18, 2016

Ito edges Takanashi in Yoshida Cup

Yuki Ito earned a narrow win over three-time overall World Cup winner Sara Takanashi at the Yoshida Cup on Sunday in Nayoro, Hokkaido. With fresh snow covering the runway and killing the pace in the run-up, Ito and Takanashi both leaped 76 meters, but ...

Dec 10, 2016

Kodaira victorious at World Cup event

Nao Kodaira stormed to her fourth women’s 500-meter World Cup win of the season on Friday. Kodaira clocked 37.69 seconds for the gold, while China’s Yu Jing took second place with 37.81 and Maki Tsuji took third with 37.97. Kodaira, 30, was teamed with ...

Dec 5, 2016

Takagi wins 1,500 speed skating gold

Miho Takagi won the women’s 1,500 meters in an ISU World Cup speed skating event on Sunday as Japan claimed nine podium finishes in the three-day competition in the Kazakhstan capital. Takagi, who also won the women’s 1,000 and team pursuit on Saturday, crossed ...

Dec 4, 2016

Takanashi posts 46th World Cup win

Sara Takanashi posted her 46th overall win in World Cup ski jumping Saturday as she leapt the day’s longest jump of 98 meters to claim her second straight victory in as many individual women’s events this season. Takanashi led after the first round with ...

Ski jumper Takanashi starts season with win

Dec 3, 2016

Ski jumper Takanashi starts season with win

Sara Takanashi got off to a fine start in the new World Cup season on Friday, claiming a comprehensive win in the opener, followed in second by compatriot Yuki Ito. Seeking her fourth overall World Cup title this term, reigning champion Takanashi, 20, posted ...

Nov 13, 2016

Takanashi finishes second to Seto at national championships

Three-time World Cup overall champion Sara Takanashi finished runnerup in the women’s normal hill competition at the Japan national ski jumping championships Sunday. Takanashi jumped 89.5 and 81.5 meters in her two rounds for a total score of 181.5, eight points behind winner Yuka ...