Ski jumper Takanashi soars to another World Cup victory

Jan 23, 2016

Ski jumper Takanashi soars to another World Cup victory

Sara Takanashi flew to her fifth straight World Cup win on Saturday, logging 241.3 points to improve to six victories in seven competitions this season. Takanashi logged 117.8 points on her first 94.5-meter jump to take the lead, and marked the day’s longest distance ...

Takanashi earns fourth consecutive World Cup triumph

Jan 22, 2016

Takanashi earns fourth consecutive World Cup triumph

Sara Takanashi claimed a fourth straight women’s World Cup victory at a weather-shortened event on Friday, her fifth win out of six this season. The 19-year-old reached 106 meters to score 143.4 points on her first jump at the 106-meter, K-95 hill at Kuraray ...

Jan 9, 2016

Kasai wins Megmilk Cup title for first time

Veteran Noriaki Kasai claimed the men’s title at the Snow Brand Megmilk Cup for the first time on Saturday after the 43-year-old posted 264.5 points over two jumps. Kasai, back in Japan temporarily from an overseas tour, placed second with his first 97.5-meter attempt ...

Kasai beats own record with third-place finish

Dec 20, 2015

Kasai beats own record with third-place finish

Seven-time Olympian Noriaki Kasai eclipsed his own record for oldest skier to finish on a World Cup podium when he placed third in the men’s division of a ski jumping event on Saturday. At 43 years and six months, Kasai made jumps of 131.5 ...

Dec 5, 2015

Takanashi opens season with win

Two-time overall champion Sara Takanashi won the season-opening event on the women’s ski jump World Cup on Friday, overcoming a massive first effort from Maja Vtic of Slovenia. Takanashi had jumps of 95.5 and 97.5 meters for a total score of 251.7 points, beating ...

Sep 12, 2015

Takanashi clinches fourth straight summer Grand Prix title

Teenager Sara Takanashi secured her fourth consecutive women’s individual summer Grand Prix overall title on Saturday after victory in the penultimate event of the series in Almaty. The 18-year-old from Hokkaido has won all four events this season and secured the overall title ahead ...

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 ...