Veteran jumper Kasai showing no signs of slowing down

Jan 28, 2014

Veteran jumper Kasai showing no signs of slowing down

Despite turning 41 last summer, Noriaki Kasai is showing no signs of slowing down and a recent World Cup win suggests the ski jumper nicknamed “Kamikaze” could emerge as a surprise medalist in his seventh Winter Olympics appearance at next month’s Sochi Games. Kasai ...

Jan 25, 2014

Ski jumper Kasai places third in World Cup competition

Veteran Noriaki Kasai, Japan’s delegation captain for next month’s Sochi Olympics, scored his fourth podium finish of the season when he took third place at a World Cup jump on Saturday. The 41-year-old was sixth after the first round of jumps on the K-120 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

Takanashi becomes youngest to claim overall World Cup title

Feb 19, 2013

Takanashi becomes youngest to claim overall World Cup title

Sara Takanashi became the youngest-ever winner of an overall World Cup skiing crown Sunday, claiming the women’s ski jumping title with her fourth consecutive victory and eighth of the season. The 16-year-old Takanashi marked 89.5 meters in the first round of jumps and followed ...

Takanashi aims for return to winning ways

Feb 8, 2013

Takanashi aims for return to winning ways

Sara Takanashi will look to turn back the clock and recapture her form at Zao last season to snap out of a funk in this weekend’s World Cup ski jumping. Last week in Sapporo, the 16-year-old Sochi Olympic hopeful missed the podium in back-to-back ...

Mar 11, 2012

Takanashi wins inaugural ski jump

Sara Takanashi finished second in the last event of the inaugural World Cup season for women’s ski jumping on Friday. The 15-year-old Takanashi had jumps of 100.5 and 108 meters on the K-95 hill to receive a total of 250.7 points, 3.4 points behind ...