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Mar 5, 2016

Kasai places third at World Cup meet

Veteran Noriaki Kasai scored his fifth podium finish of the season in finishing third at a World Cup meet on Friday. The 43-year-old Kasai had a first jump of 128.5 meters and nailed the day’s longest effort of 134 to move up from fourth ...

Takanashi triumphs in Hokkaido

Mar 4, 2016

Takanashi triumphs in Hokkaido

World Cup winner Sara Takanashi won the International Miyasama Ski Games title on Friday, notching 248.0 points on Miyanomori Ski Jump Stadium’s normal hill. The 19-year-old Takanashi, who won her third overall World Cup title last month, returned to her native Hokkaido and led ...

World Cup leader Vonn out for season with injury

Mar 3, 2016

World Cup leader Vonn out for season with injury

A hairline fracture in her left knee didn’t deter Lindsey Vonn. Still, she raced. Three significant-sized fractures that could — if they became any worse — lead to surgery and possibly an end to her career? Now that got the attention of the all-time ...

Mar 1, 2016

Takanashi denied opportunity to break season record

Ski-jumping queen Sara Takanashi has been denied the chance to break her own record number of season wins after the FIS decided not to replace this weekend’s final meet. The 19-year-old, who had already won the overall World Cup globe, claimed her 14th win ...

Takanashi claims 14th win of season

Feb 28, 2016

Takanashi claims 14th win of season

Sara Takanashi earned a narrow victory to claim her 44th career win on the women’s ski jumping World Cup circuit on Sunday. The 19-year-old Takanashi, who earlier this month clinched her third overall World Cup crown, tallied 236.9 points to edge out runnerup Daniela ...

Vonn hurts knee in super-G event

Feb 28, 2016

Vonn hurts knee in super-G event

Lindsey Vonn suffered a minor fracture in her left knee during a World Cup super-G crash in heavy snowfall Saturday but didn’t rule out her start in a combined event the next day. In a race delayed for three hours due to bad weather, ...

Takanashi soars to 13th victory of season

Feb 27, 2016

Takanashi soars to 13th victory of season

Ski jumper Sara Takanashi won her 13th World Cup competition with two over-100-meter jumps on Saturday, eight days after securing her third overall championship. The 19-year-old reached 101 meters for 126.2 points with her first jump and went even further with her second, reaching ...

Feb 27, 2016

Hara places fourth in World Cup men's moguls event

Daichi Hara just missed his first freestyle skiing World Cup podium on Saturday, settling for a career-best fourth in the Tazawako meet’s men’s moguls. Hara’s previous best finish was a sixth on Jan. 23 in Val St. Come, Quebec. Hara finished seventh in qualifying, ...

Feb 27, 2016

Hirano triumphs in superpipe at Winter X Games

Ayumu Hirano became the first Japanese gold medalist at the Winter X Games on Friday when he cruised to victory in the men’s snowboard superpipe final. The 17-year-old Hirano, a halfpipe silver medalist at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, was the only finalist to ...

Feb 23, 2016

Japan men third in World Cup ski jump event

Japan placed third behind Norway and Germany in the World Cup men’s team ski jumping competition on Monday. The team of Taku Takeuchi, Kento Sakuyama, Daiki Ito and Noriaki Kasai collected a combined total of 935.4 points for their efforts on the 127-meter hill ...

Takeuchi makes return to podium after long absence

Feb 22, 2016

Takeuchi makes return to podium after long absence

Taku Takeuchi produced his first podium finish in more than two years, finishing third at a ski jumping World Cup event on Sunday. Takeuchi netted 229.9 points after soaring to 96 meters on his first attempt and 95.5 on his second. Michael Hayboeck of ...

Gut retakes World Cup lead as Vonn crashes out

Feb 20, 2016

Gut retakes World Cup lead as Vonn crashes out

Lindsey Vonn was incensed after losing her ski and the World Cup lead in a tricky downhill Friday, frustrated and fuming over her equipment “My ski came off,” she said, underlining her anger with an expletive. Swiss rival Lara Gut won and moved 13 ...