Feb 21, 2015

Ito takes silver at Nordic Worlds

Yuki Ito provided the highlight for Japan on Friday at the Nordic Skiing World Championships with a silver medal in women’s ski jumping. Sara Takanashi, was fourth, unable to overcome a poor first jump. Sochi Olympic champion Carina Vogt of Germany won with 236.9 ...

Feb 7, 2015

Ski jumper Takanashi takes second in World Cup event

Sara Takanashi landed a pair of 94-meter jumps to take second place in Saturday’s women’s World Cup event. The two-time defending World Cup champion Takanashi earned 234.9 points, but finished runner-up to current leader Daniela Iraschko of Austria, who earned 239.1 with leaps of ...

Jan 10, 2015

Takanashi notches first win of season

Teen sensation Sara Takanashi captured her first title of the season with an overwhelming victory at a World Cup in Sapporo on Saturday. The 18-year-old Takanashi, who is seeking her third consecutive overall World Cup title, had leaps of 97 and 98 meters for ...

Local citizens support Takanashi

Feb 12, 2014

Local citizens support Takanashi

Hometown supporters of ski jumper Sara Takanashi were putting on a brave face Wednesday after the local youngster, who was seen as a definite gold in Sochi, Russia, missed out on the medals entirely by placing fourth overall. In her hometown of Kamikawa, Hokkaido, ...

Takanashi enjoying Olympic experience in Sochi

Feb 9, 2014

Takanashi enjoying Olympic experience in Sochi

by Jack Gallagher

Ski jumper Sara Takanashi was upbeat following her first official training session at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre on Saturday. Takanashi, who leads the World Cup standings this season, is considered the favorite to win the gold medal in the normal hill competition on ...

Hendrickson praises rival Takanashi ahead of competition

Feb 8, 2014

Hendrickson praises rival Takanashi ahead of competition

Former world champion Sarah Hendrickson admitted Friday that she looks up to rival Sara Takanashi, the overwhelming favorite to win the inaugural Olympic women’s ski jump title. Hendrickson comes into the Olympics having only recently returned to action after tearing knee ligaments in a ...

Japan ski jumpers arrive in Sochi with high hopes

Feb 4, 2014

Japan ski jumpers arrive in Sochi with high hopes

Sara Takanashi pledged to pull out all the stops to become the first woman to win a Winter Olympic ski jumping gold medal after arriving in Sochi in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Women’s ski jumping will make its Olympic debut here and ...

Sochi favorite Takanashi gets ninth win of season

Feb 2, 2014

Sochi favorite Takanashi gets ninth win of season

Sochi Olympic women’s individual gold medal favorite Sara Takanashi came from behind to post her ninth World Cup win of the season on Saturday. The 17-year-old ski jumper from Hokkaido was second after a first jump of 87 meters on the K-85 hill in ...