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Jan 31, 2014

Japan wins world junior ski jump title

Japan won the women’s team event in ski jumping on Wednesday at the junior world ski championships. The team of defending World Cup champion Sara Takanashi, and fellow Sochi Olympians Yuki Ito and Yurina Yamada, and Haruka Iwasa seized gold with 919.0 points. It ...

Ski jumper Takanashi retains crown

Jan 29, 2014

Ski jumper Takanashi retains crown

Sochi Olympics gold medal hope Sara Takanashi became the first ever to win three consecutive titles at the World Junior Ski Championships on Tuesday. The 17-year-old ace nailed the day’s longest jumps with efforts of 100.5 meters in both rounds earning her a total ...

Norway's Kristoffersen notches first win in World Cup slalom

Jan 29, 2014

Norway's Kristoffersen notches first win in World Cup slalom

Norwegian teenager Henrik Kristoffersen upset the Olympic slalom favorites by winning a World Cup night race on Tuesday. In front of a ski-mad crowd of 45,000, the 19-year-old Kristoffersen beat Marcel Hirscher and Felix Neureuther by putting in a blistering second run for his ...

Jan 27, 2014

Takanashi misses out on gold again

Sara Takanashi took second in Sunday’s women’s ski jumping World Cup competition. Takahashi, the overall World Cup leader, had jumps of 101.5 and 98.5 meters for a score of 246.8 points that left her runnerup to 30-year-old Austrian Daniela Iraschko for the second straight ...

Jan 26, 2014

Takanashi sees winning streak end

Sochi Olympic gold medal favorite Sara Takanashi missed out on her fifth consecutive World Cup win on Saturday as she finished second in the 10th event of the series in Planica, Slovenia. The 17-year-old from Hokkaido, who would have matched Sarah Hendrickson’s single-season record ...

Jan 25, 2014

Ski jumper Kasai places third in World Cup competition

Veteran Noriaki Kasai, Japan’s delegation captain for next month’s Sochi Olympics, scored his fourth podium finish of the season when he took third place at a World Cup jump on Saturday. The 41-year-old was sixth after the first round of jumps on the K-120 ...

Jan 24, 2014

Torvill, Dean returning to Sarajevo

British Olympic ice dancing legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are to mark the 30th anniversary of their iconic “Bolero” performance at the Winter Olympics by skating it in Sarajevo next month. The pair have accepted an invitation from the mayors of Sarajevo and ...

Jan 21, 2014

Skier Yuasa undergoes ankle surgery

Alpine skier Naoki Yuasa has undergone an operation for a broken right ankle but will still aim to compete in the men’s slalom event at next month’s Sochi Olympics, his coach, Naomine Iwaya, said Monday. The 30-year-old Yuasa hurt his foot when he took ...

Jan 21, 2014

Snowboarder Hirano targets gold

Teenage sensation Ayumu Hirano is being tipped to challenge the might of the United States at the Olympic snowboarding competition with the sport’s superstar Shaun White in his sights. Snowboarding and freestyle boast more events this time around and in one of those the ...

Uemura added to Sochi squad

Jan 20, 2014

Uemura added to Sochi squad

Aiko Uemura was named to Japan’s Winter Olympics team for the fifth time on Monday, when the Ski Association of Japan added more athletes to the squad it is sending to Sochi next month. The 34-year-old Uemura was one of four women moguls skiers ...

Jan 19, 2014

Snowboarders Aono, Okada win

Ryo Aono won the men’s halfpipe gold medal and Rana Okada led a Japanese sweep of the podium in the women’s competition at a snowboard freestyle World Cup meet in Stoneham, Quebec, on Saturday. Aono grabbed his first World Cup title of the season ...