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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 ...

Feb 20, 2016

Watabe earns second place in Nordic Combined meet

Akito Watabe placed second for his second straight podium finish Friday at the men’s Nordic Combined World Cup meet won by his German rival Eric Frenzel. After losing his balance due to a collision with Frezel at the final stretch of the 10-km cross ...

Takanashi wraps up third World Cup title

Feb 19, 2016

Takanashi wraps up third World Cup title

Teenager Sara Takanashi clinched her third World Cup title on Friday as she claimed her 12th win of the season and the 42nd of her career in overwhelming fashion. Takanashi, 19, who entered with a 381-point lead on Austrian champion Daniela Iraschko-Stolz in the ...

Feb 15, 2016

Takagi grabs speedskating bronze in women's mass start

Miho Takagi wrapped up the speedskating world single distances championships by taking third in the women’s mass start on Sunday. Takagi, who struck out in her four other races at the meet, finished behind winner Ivanie Blondin of Canada and South Korea’s Kim Bo-reum ...

Halfpipe champion Aono claims second victory

Feb 14, 2016

Halfpipe champion Aono claims second victory

Ryo Aono, who has already secured his third overall World Cup halfpipe title, won his second event of the season on Sunday. The 25-year-old scored 94.25 points for his 12th career win, a week after winning the championship for the first time in seven ...

Takanashi's win streak stops at 10

Feb 14, 2016

Takanashi's win streak stops at 10

Sara Takanashi’s World Cup winning streak ended at 10 as she settled for second on Saturday. Takanashi soared to 91.5 meters on her first jump before leaping to another 91.5 on her second attempt to finish with 263.2 points, 4.5 points behind local favorite ...

Shiffrin excited about return to competition

Feb 13, 2016

Shiffrin excited about return to competition

The slalom queen is back and raring to go after a frustrating two months out with injury. Mikaela Shiffrin even admits to feeling “jittery” as she prepares to throw herself back into World Cup racing on Monday in Crans-Montana, Switzerland — her first race ...

Feb 13, 2016

Oda finishes ninth in 1,500 meters

Takuro Oda placed ninth in the men’s 1,500 meters on a disappointing day for Japan at the World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships on Friday. Oda had a time of 1 minute, 47.68 seconds, while Russia’s Denis Yuskov cruised to victory in 1:44.13 and ...

Kasai notches another third-place showing

Feb 13, 2016

Kasai notches another third-place showing

Veteran Noriaki Kasai secured his third straight bronze medal at a World Cup event on Friday. The 43-year-old Kasai posted a first jump of 231.5 meters and moved up from fifth place with a second effort of 230 meters on the K-200 flying hill ...

Feb 12, 2016

Takagi sixth on first day of worlds

Miho Takagi finished in sixth place in the women’s 3,000 meters on Thursday as Japan was shut out of the medals on the first day of the World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships. The 21-year-old Takagi clocked a time of 4 minutes, 7.26 seconds ...