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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 ...

Kodaira triumphs in 500-meter race

Nov 11, 2016

Kodaira triumphs in 500-meter race

Nao Kodaira captured her second-ever World Cup win as she triumphed in the women’s 500-meter speed skating race Friday, while compatriot Maki Tsuji placed second in the opening tournament of the season. Kodaira logged 38.00 seconds to top the podium at a World Cup ...

Nov 6, 2016

Takanashi outscores men to win SBC Cup

Three-time World Cup overall champion Sara Takanashi won the SBC Cup on Sunday, scoring more points to win the women’s competition than Taku Takeuchi, who won the men’s competition, which doubles as the men’s national championship. Takanashi delivered jumps of 130 and 125.5 meters ...

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 ...