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 ...

Ski jumper Takanashi retains crown

Jan 29, 2014

Ski jumper Takanashi retains crown

Sochi Olympics gold medal hope Sara Takanashi became the first ever to win three consecutive titles at the World Junior Ski Championships on Tuesday. The 17-year-old ace nailed the day’s longest jumps with efforts of 100.5 meters in both rounds earning her a total ...

Jump star Takanashi flying high going into Sochi Games

Jan 24, 2014

Jump star Takanashi flying high going into Sochi Games

The Sochi Olympic Games could not have been timed better for 17-year-old women’s ski jumper Sara Takanashi. In the first Olympics in which women will jump for medals, Takanashi is firmly established as the best in her field. Coming off her first overall World ...

Takanashi wins shortened meet

Jan 18, 2014

Takanashi wins shortened meet

Sochi Olympic gold medal hopeful Sara Takanashi posted her seventh World Cup win of the season on Saturday in a competition that was cut to one round of jumps. The 17-year-old from Hokkaido fell after landing on her first jump, but her distance of ...