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Dec 23, 2016

Russia loses biathlon, speedskating events over doping

Russia has lost biathlon and speedskating events it was due to host this winter following allegations it ran a vast state-sponsored doping scheme. World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren’s final report has prompted Western athletes to campaign for boycotts in several winter sports in ...

Takagi completes sweep at nationals

Dec 21, 2016

Takagi completes sweep at nationals

Miho Takagi won the women’s 1,500 and 5,000 meters on Wednesday to complete a clean sweep of all four races at the Japan national championships. A day after winning the 500 and the 3,000 at Tokachi Oval in Obihiro, Hokkaido, Takagi won her first ...

Dec 20, 2016

Sarrazin wins parallel giant slalom

As far as unheralded French skier Cyprien Sarrazin was concerned, the unusual parallel giant slalom was just like any other race. Displaying tunnel-like focus, Sarrazin claimed the first victory of his career in the rapid-fire night race on Monday, while overall World Cup leader ...

Dec 19, 2016

Olympic champion Ligety slowed by back pain

His back ravaged by a shooting pain that stretches all the way down his leg, Olympic giant slalom champion Ted Ligety can hardly ski at all these days. No wonder he lost control and slid out several gates into his opening run down the ...

Ito edges Takanashi in Yoshida Cup

Dec 18, 2016

Ito edges Takanashi in Yoshida Cup

Yuki Ito earned a narrow win over three-time overall World Cup winner Sara Takanashi at the Yoshida Cup on Sunday in Nayoro, Hokkaido. With fresh snow covering the runway and killing the pace in the run-up, Ito and Takanashi both leaped 76 meters, but ...

Dec 10, 2016

Kodaira victorious at World Cup event

Nao Kodaira stormed to her fourth women’s 500-meter World Cup win of the season on Friday. Kodaira clocked 37.69 seconds for the gold, while China’s Yu Jing took second place with 37.81 and Maki Tsuji took third with 37.97. Kodaira, 30, was teamed with ...

Dec 5, 2016

Takagi wins 1,500 speed skating gold

Miho Takagi won the women’s 1,500 meters in an ISU World Cup speed skating event on Sunday as Japan claimed nine podium finishes in the three-day competition in the Kazakhstan capital. Takagi, who also won the women’s 1,000 and team pursuit on Saturday, crossed ...

Dec 4, 2016

Takanashi posts 46th World Cup win

Sara Takanashi posted her 46th overall win in World Cup ski jumping Saturday as she leapt the day’s longest jump of 98 meters to claim her second straight victory in as many individual women’s events this season. Takanashi led after the first round with ...

Ski jumper Takanashi starts season with win

Dec 3, 2016

Ski jumper Takanashi starts season with win

Sara Takanashi got off to a fine start in the new World Cup season on Friday, claiming a comprehensive win in the opener, followed in second by compatriot Yuki Ito. Seeking her fourth overall World Cup title this term, reigning champion Takanashi, 20, posted ...

Nov 13, 2016

Takanashi finishes second to Seto at national championships

Three-time World Cup overall champion Sara Takanashi finished runnerup in the women’s normal hill competition at the Japan national ski jumping championships Sunday. Takanashi jumped 89.5 and 81.5 meters in her two rounds for a total score of 181.5, eight points behind winner Yuka ...