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Jan 30, 2017

Speedskater Hasegawa logs career-best fourth

Tsubasa Hasegawa barely missed the podium when he finished a career-best fourth in the men’s 500 meters at a World Cup speedskating event in Germany on Sunday. On the final day of the three-day meet in Berlin, the 22-year-old Hasegawa crossed the finish line ...

Kodaira extends winning streak

Jan 28, 2017

Kodaira extends winning streak

Nao Kodaira blazed to her fifth straight 500-meter World Cup triumph of the season Friday. Kodaira’s time of 37.43 seconds, her personal-best time this season, came within 0.14 of the national record she set in 2013. The 30-year-old, a native of Nagano Prefecture, remains ...

Ganong captures downhill marred by crashes, injuries

Jan 28, 2017

Ganong captures downhill marred by crashes, injuries

Numerous crashes and serious injuries to Valentin Giraud-Moine and Steven Nyman overshadowed a World Cup downhill race won by Travis Ganong on Friday. Both French skier Giraud-Moine and American Nyman were airlifted for intensive care at the local hospital in Garmisch. The race was ...

Jan 25, 2017

Takanashi looking to end slump

Women’s ski jumping superstar Sara Takanashi left for Europe on Wednesday determined to regain her form after four straight World Cup events without a win. “I want to get my jumping style back,” Takanashi told reporters before departing from Tokyo’s Haneda airport. Takanashi had ...

Ito triumphs in ski jump event

Jan 20, 2017

Ito triumphs in ski jump event

Yuki Ito came from behind to capture her second title of the season on home soil on the first day of a women’s World Cup meet on Friday, while Sara Takanashi finished in fifth place. Ito, the winner in Sapporo last Saturday, managed 89.5 ...

Jan 15, 2017

Takanashi misses first podium of season

Sara Takanashi missed her first World Cup podium of the season on Sunday, while Norway’s Maren Lundby won and Japan’s Yuki Ito was second. Competing in the eighth event of the young season, Takanashi, runner-up on Saturday in her home meet, could only manage ...

Jan 9, 2017

Unrivalled Takanashi tops World Cup podium again

Sara Takanashi eased to her fifth World Cup victory of the season on Sunday, winning the sixth competition by almost 30 points. The 20-year-old leaped 124 meters in her first attempt and encored with the day’s longest jump of 129 meters on the 137-meter ...

Jan 8, 2017

Takanashi wins fourth World Cup meet of season

Sara Takanashi made it four wins out of five on the season’s ski jumping world tour on Saturday, marking her 48th career World Cup win, while her Japanese compatriot Yuki Ito jumped to third. In a rare large-hill women’s competition, the 20-year-old had leaps ...

Jan 7, 2017

Ski Association drops sponsorship

The Ski Association of Japan rescinded its sponsorship of five snowboarders on Friday after three underage halfpipe riders were caught drinking last February in Sapporo. The three were in the company of two adult boarders, who were punished for giving their tacit approval to ...