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Oct 30, 2016

Takanashi cruises to NHK Cup win

Sara Takanashi eased to the NHK Cup title on Sunday after landing a pair of over-130-meter jumps at Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium’s K-120 hill. Takanashi, who won her third World Cup title last season, reached 134 meters with her first jump, the day’s longest, ...

May 12, 2016

Downhill skier Yurkiw retires after best World Cup season

Canadian downhill skier Larisa Yurkiw said she is retiring after her most successful World Cup season. After placing third in the downhill standings behind Lindsey Vonn and Fabienne Suter last season, the 28-year-old Yurkiw said she is unable to race at her limits after ...

Two Japanese snowboarders banned for smoking marijuana

Apr 28, 2016

Two Japanese snowboarders banned for smoking marijuana

Two teenage Japanese snowboarders have been banned from competition after being found guilty of smoking marijuana while on tour in the United States in December, local media reported on Thursday. The Ski Association of Japan (SAJ) said traces of the drug were detected in ...

Japan claims curling silver

Mar 28, 2016

Japan claims curling silver

Japan came up short in the final but took two-time defending champion Switzerland all the way before settling for the silver medal after a 9-6 defeat at the World Women’s Curling Championship on Sunday. The silver was Japan’s first medal in curling in either ...

Mar 27, 2016

Japan secures first-ever curling medal

Japan beat Russia 7-5 in a semifinal game at the World Women’s Curling Championship on Saturday, securing the country’s first medal in the history of the sport. Japan will face two-time defending champion Switzerland in the final at Credit Union iPlex on Sunday, and ...

Mar 19, 2016

Kasai places seventh in next-to-last event of season

Noriaki Kasai was seventh in his 501st World Cup event in his penultimate outing of the season Friday. Kasai had his back to the wind and uncharacteristically wavered in his first attempt, settling for 216.5 meters. But he adjusted well for the second to ...

Mar 18, 2016

Kasai places sixth in 500th World Cup event

Ski jumper Noriaki Kasai settled for sixth but was all smiles after competing in a record 500th World Cup event on Thursday. The 43-year-old Kasai, provided with a special No. 500 saddlecloth decorated with a spreading golden eagle design, landed two 225-meter jumps for ...

Mar 17, 2016

Kilde captures super-G season title

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won the season-long super-G title on Thursday after two of his challengers did not finish in the last race of the season at the World Cup finals. Five men were in contention for the crystal globe but Kilde finished second, 0.10 ...

Mar 11, 2016

Onozuka triumphs in last women's halfpipe event of season

Ayana Onozuka placed fourth in women’s halfpipe in the final freestyle skiing event of the World Cup season on Thursday, good enough to secure her the overall halfpipe “crystal globe” title for the second season in a row. Onozuka, the Sochi Olympic bronze medalist, ...