Olympics Topics

Feb 17, 2014

Kasai celebrates silver on website

Veteran ski jumper Noriaki Kasai on Sunday celebrated winning the silver medal in the men’s large hill competition at the Sochi Games the previous day, writing on his blog, “I narrowly missed taking the gold, but to me the result is as good as ...

Jumpers set sights on team event; Japan poses threat

Feb 16, 2014

Jumpers set sights on team event; Japan poses threat

With the medals awarded in the individual competitions, training begins Sunday for the final ski jumping event at the Sochi Olympics, the large hill team gold. And there will likely be some familiar faces from the podium at Vancouver four years ago — five ...

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 ...

Local citizens support Takanashi

Feb 12, 2014

Local citizens support Takanashi

Hometown supporters of ski jumper Sara Takanashi were putting on a brave face Wednesday after the local youngster, who was seen as a definite gold in Sochi, Russia, missed out on the medals entirely by placing fourth overall. In her hometown of Kamikawa, Hokkaido, ...

Veteran jumper Kasai finishes eighth as Stoch leaps to gold

Feb 10, 2014

Veteran jumper Kasai finishes eighth as Stoch leaps to gold

Japan’s men struggled to make an impact in the normal hill individual ski jumping event on Sunday, with 41-year-old veteran Noriaki Kasai’s eighth-place finish the best the country could muster at the Sochi Games. Kasai, competing in his seventh Winter Olympics, came to Sochi ...

Four Japanese jumpers reach final

Feb 9, 2014

Four Japanese jumpers reach final

Japan had a good day in Saturday’s ski jumping qualifying and will send its full complement of four men into the Sochi Olympics’ normal hill competition. Reruhi Shimizu, Taku Takeuchi and Yuta Watase each advanced to Sunday’s final along with Japan Olympic captain Noriaki ...