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Jan 5, 2014

Takanashi suffers season's first loss

Sara Takanashi reached her fifth straight World Cup podium on Saturday, but failed to take first prize for the first time this season. The 17-year-old from Hokkaido won a bronze medal after placing sixth with her first jump of 98.5 meters on the HS ...

Takanashi jumps to victory again

Jan 4, 2014

Takanashi jumps to victory again

Sara Takanashi extended her domination of the women’s ski jump World Cup on Friday by earning her fourth straight victory to start the season, underlining her status as the overwhelming favorite for the Sochi Olympics. Takanashi landed jumps of 99 and 96.5 meters for ...

Teen Lehman seals second race slot

Jan 2, 2014

Teen Lehman seals second race slot

Emery Lehman will be heading back to high school in a few days. He’s going to need a lot of time off in February. The 17-year-old from suburban Chicago earned a second Olympic event with a thrilling victory over Jonathan Kuck in the 10,000 ...

Dec 29, 2013

Kasai second in ski jump qualifying

Noriaki Kasai was second in qualifying on Saturday for the first jump of the prestigious Four Hills tournament, while fellow veteran Takanobu Okabe failed to qualify. The 41-year-old Kasai, who is currently eighth on the World Cup circuit, received 151.2 points from his 135.0-meter ...

Dec 28, 2013

Five-time Olympian Okazaki to retire

Tomomi Okazaki, who skated for Japan at five Winter Olympics, said Saturday she will retire, after failing to make the team for the 2014 Sochi Games. The 42-year-old Okazaki, who won a bronze medal in the women’s 500 meters at the 1998 Nagano Games, ...

Speed skater Tabata qualifies for fifth Olympic team

Dec 27, 2013

Speed skater Tabata qualifies for fifth Olympic team

Speed skater Maki Tabata will be going to the Olympics for the fifth time in February after locking up a spot Friday on Japan’s team for the Sochi Games. The 39-year-old Tabata recorded a time of 1 minute, 59.05 seconds in the women’s 1,500 ...

White takes third in Sochi qualifier

Dec 23, 2013

White takes third in Sochi qualifier

Shaun White is used to winning everything. On Sunday, he was ecstatic with third place. Strange as it sounds, the world’s best snowboarder insisted that was the case after he finished in the bronze-medal position at the U.S. Grand Prix slopestyle contest, a key ...

Dec 23, 2013

Watabe takes third in Nordic event

Akito Watabe stood on the podium for the fourth time this season after finishing third in Sunday’s Nordic combined World Cup event. Watabe finished the 10-km cross-country portion in a time of 23 minutes, 48.2 seconds, 1.1 second behind the winner, France’s Chappuis Lamy, ...

Ski jumper Takanashi wins third consecutive World Cup event

Dec 22, 2013

Ski jumper Takanashi wins third consecutive World Cup event

Sara Takanashi prevailed again Sunday with a third straight victory of the World Cup season. Japan’s 17-year-old Sochi Olympic medal hopeful jumped 96 meters and then 98.5 meters for a total of 239.9 points, 12 points ahead of Russia’s Irina Avvakumova in second place. ...