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 ...

Ski jumper Kasai hopes to compete until he's 50

Apr 4, 2014

Ski jumper Kasai hopes to compete until he's 50

Noriaki Kasai who won a pair of medals at February’s Sochi Winter Olympic Games, said Friday he wants to continue jumping until he’s 50. The 41-year-old Kasai, who this year became the oldest winner on the men’s World Cup circuit, told a news conference ...

Mar 11, 2014

Nagano Olympic gold medalist Okabe retires

Ski jumper Takanobu Okabe, a member of the Japan team that won the gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, will retire, his Snow Brand Megmilk club said Tuesday. The 43-year-old Okabe, a five-time winner on the World Cup circuit, will become a coach ...

Mar 8, 2014

Kasai finishes third in Norway meet

Seven-time Olympian Noriaki Kasai finished in third place on Friday for his sixth World Cup podium finish of the season. Kasai, who won the silver medal in the men’s individual large hill and a team bronze at the Sochi Olympics, made leaps of 135.5 ...

Kasai driven by quest to capture gold

Mar 1, 2014

Kasai driven by quest to capture gold

Sochi Olympic hero Noriaki Kasai may be satisfied with his results from the Winter Games, but he has one more goal in mind. Competing in his seventh straight Olympics, the 41-year-old Kasai won large-hill silver and team bronze in Sochi, giving him three career ...

Feb 27, 2014

Kasai reaches podium in return to World Cup

Olympic hero Noriaki Kasai reached Wednesday’s ski jumping World Cup podium in his first competition since the Sochi Winter Games. The 41-year-old Kasai was third on Falun’s K-120 hill behind Germany’s Severin Freund and Slovenia’s Peter Prevc, who leads the World Cup standings with ...

Bronze medalist Takeuchi battling autoimmune disorder

Feb 18, 2014

Bronze medalist Takeuchi battling autoimmune disorder

Taku Takeuchi, who won a bronze medal in the team ski jumping competition Monday at the Sochi Winter Olympics, has been competing while struggling with a rare disease. The 26-year-old Takeuchi was hospitalized in January after being told there was a high probability he ...

Feb 13, 2014

Russian ski jumper OK after training crash

A Russian team official says ski jumper Mikhail Maksimochkin was not seriously injured in a dramatic training crash on the large hill and was underdoing further examination by doctors. Marina Kalinina of the Russian ski jumping and Nordic combined federation told The Associated Press ...

Seven-time Olympian Kasai hopes to inspire teammates

Feb 7, 2014

Seven-time Olympian Kasai hopes to inspire teammates

Veteran and delegation captain Noriaki Kasai will be among the four Japanese competitors in the men’s normal hill ski jump, it was announced on Friday. Kasai, appearing in his seventh Olympics at the ripe age of 41, is set to jump with 26-year-old Taku ...