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

by Shigemi Sato

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 ...

Ski jumper Takanashi aims to catch wind for Sochi

Nov 25, 2013

Ski jumper Takanashi aims to catch wind for Sochi

Women’s World Cup ski jumping champion Sara Takanashi vowed Monday to catch a “good wave” as she set out on the new season to chase a rare winter Olympic gold medal for Japan at the Sochi Games. “I’ve not jumped over the snow yet ...

Sep 21, 2013

Takanashi wins overall summer Grand Prix title

Japanese schoolgirl Sara Takanashi clinched the overall women’s summer Grand Prix title for the second year in a row with her third win of the season in on Saturday. Takanashi, the reigning individual winter World Cup champion, scored 244.5 points to post a crushing ...

Jul 27, 2013

Ski jumper Takanashi finishes second in Summer Grand Prix

Teenager Sara Takanashi placed second in the women’s competition at the FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix on Friday. The 16-year-old Takanashi, last year’s overall World Cup champion, posted the biggest jumps of the day (104 and 103.5 meters), but she failed to muster ...

Mar 10, 2013

Takeda tops Takanashi for ski jump gold

Women’s World Cup champion Sara Takanashi was cut down to size by Ayuka Takeda as she finished second at the Ski Jumping National Championships on Saturday. Takanashi took the lead after the first round with an 85.5 meter effort and then had the day’s ...