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 ...

Takanashi catapults to15th World Cup victory

Jan 12, 2014

Takanashi catapults to15th World Cup victory

Teenage ski jumper Sara Takanashi soared to a record-stretching 15th World Cup victory Sunday, her second win in two days, stepping up her bid for gold at the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics. “I have nothing to worry about,” the 17-year-old high school student said ...

Takanashi claims record 14th victory

Jan 11, 2014

Takanashi claims record 14th victory

Teenager Sara Takanashi claimed victory to win a record 14th career individual World Cup title at the Sapporo meet on Saturday. The 17-year-old Takanashi soared with leaps of 99 and 94.5 meters on the HS 100-meter, K-90 hill for a total of 254.5 points ...

Takanashi jumps to victory again

Jan 4, 2014

Takanashi jumps to victory again

Sara Takanashi extended her domination of the women’s ski jump World Cup on Friday by earning her fourth straight victory to start the season, underlining her status as the overwhelming favorite for the Sochi Olympics. Takanashi landed jumps of 99 and 96.5 meters for ...

Dec 21, 2013

Takanashi soars to World Cup triumph

Sara Takanashi captured her second straight World Cup victory on Saturday, when she won a women’s HS 108 event. Takanashi’s second jump of 105.0 meters was the longest of the day, following a 101.0-meter opening effort that put her in first place. She finished ...

Dec 7, 2013

Japan wins team ski jumping event

Japan rallied to win the mixed team jump at a World Cup meet on Friday. Yuki Ito, Daiki Ito, Sochi Olympic gold medal hope Sara Takanashi and Taku Takeuchi combined to score 942.1 points, while Austria was second with 901.9 and Norway third with ...

Takanashi preparing for Olympic tilt

Dec 5, 2013

Takanashi preparing for Olympic tilt

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She’s only 17 and just 151 cm tall, but schoolgirl ski jumper Sara Takanashi is already eyeing her second world title and could be set to make history at the Sochi Olympics. Takanashi, who comes from a family of ski jumpers in Hokkaido, begins ...