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Japan men's curling squad books spot in 2018 Olympics

The Japan men’s curling team qualified for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics on Thursday after securing a combined top-seven finish at the ongoing world championship and last year’s worlds. Japan will make its first appearance at the Winter Olympics since 1998, when it hosted the games in Nagano. Japan, which finished ...

/ Mar 19, 2017

Onozuka makes halfpipe history

Ayana Onozuka became the first Japanese male or female to win a halfpipe gold medal at the freestyle skiing world championships on Saturday. Onozuka qualified for the women’s final with the second-best mark. The Sochi Olympic bronze medalist produced a score of 89.80 points ...

/ Mar 16, 2017

Watabe's Nordic combined win streak ends

Akito Watabe came up short in his bid for a third straight win and placed fourth at a Nordic combined World Cup meet on Wednesday. With the ski jumping leg canceled because of snow showers and strong winds, the preliminary jump score from the ...

/ Mar 14, 2017

Kodaira aims high for 2018 Olympics

Nao Kodaira set her sights high for next year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as she made a triumphant homecoming on Tuesday after finishing the World Cup season undefeated in the 500 meters. Kodaira won her final race at a World Cup event in Norway on ...

Kodaira secures overall 500 crown

/ Mar 12, 2017

Kodaira secures overall 500 crown

Nao Kodaira secured her second overall World Cup speedskating title in the women’s 500 meters with a race to spare at the final event of the season on Saturday. Kodaira, who became the first Japanese woman to win the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships ...