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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 ...

Kodaira triumphs in 500-meter race

Nov 11, 2016

Kodaira triumphs in 500-meter race

Nao Kodaira captured her second-ever World Cup win as she triumphed in the women’s 500-meter speed skating race Friday, while compatriot Maki Tsuji placed second in the opening tournament of the season. Kodaira logged 38.00 seconds to top the podium at a World Cup ...

Nov 6, 2016

Takanashi outscores men to win SBC Cup

Three-time World Cup overall champion Sara Takanashi won the SBC Cup on Sunday, scoring more points to win the women’s competition than Taku Takeuchi, who won the men’s competition, which doubles as the men’s national championship. Takanashi delivered jumps of 130 and 125.5 meters ...

Oct 30, 2016

Takanashi cruises to NHK Cup win

Sara Takanashi eased to the NHK Cup title on Sunday after landing a pair of over-130-meter jumps at Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium’s K-120 hill. Takanashi, who won her third World Cup title last season, reached 134 meters with her first jump, the day’s longest, ...

May 12, 2016

Downhill skier Yurkiw retires after best World Cup season

Canadian downhill skier Larisa Yurkiw said she is retiring after her most successful World Cup season. After placing third in the downhill standings behind Lindsey Vonn and Fabienne Suter last season, the 28-year-old Yurkiw said she is unable to race at her limits after ...

Two Japanese snowboarders banned for smoking marijuana

Apr 28, 2016

Two Japanese snowboarders banned for smoking marijuana

Two teenage Japanese snowboarders have been banned from competition after being found guilty of smoking marijuana while on tour in the United States in December, local media reported on Thursday. The Ski Association of Japan (SAJ) said traces of the drug were detected in ...