Kasai rolls back years with share of first place

Nov 30, 2014

Kasai rolls back years with share of first place

Noriaki Kasai, the 42-year-old ski jumping legend, wrote another page in his remarkable story when he claimed joint first place at the World Cup event with Switzerland’s Simon Ammann on Saturday. Kasai, who has been on the global circuit since 1989, has appeared at ...

Ammann beats Japan duo

Nov 29, 2014

Ammann beats Japan duo

Four-time Olympic champion Simon Ammann snatched victory with his last jump in the World Cup on Friday, thwarting a double Japanese challenge. The 33-year-old Swiss put in a jump of 142 meters on his second attempt on the large hill for a winning total ...

Ski jumper Kasai hopes to compete until he's 50

Apr 4, 2014

Ski jumper Kasai hopes to compete until he's 50

Noriaki Kasai who won a pair of medals at February’s Sochi Winter Olympic Games, said Friday he wants to continue jumping until he’s 50. The 41-year-old Kasai, who this year became the oldest winner on the men’s World Cup circuit, told a news conference ...

Mar 8, 2014

Kasai finishes third in Norway meet

Seven-time Olympian Noriaki Kasai finished in third place on Friday for his sixth World Cup podium finish of the season. Kasai, who won the silver medal in the men’s individual large hill and a team bronze at the Sochi Olympics, made leaps of 135.5 ...

Kasai driven by quest to capture gold

Mar 1, 2014

Kasai driven by quest to capture gold

Sochi Olympic hero Noriaki Kasai may be satisfied with his results from the Winter Games, but he has one more goal in mind. Competing in his seventh straight Olympics, the 41-year-old Kasai won large-hill silver and team bronze in Sochi, giving him three career ...

Feb 28, 2014

Japan's Kasai to miss World Cup event with knee injury

Sochi Olympic double medalist Noriaki Kasai will sit out Friday’s ski jumping individual World Cup event due to an injury to his right knee, Japan coach Tomoharu Yokokawa said the same day. The 41-year-old Kasai, who won the silver medal in the men’s large ...

Feb 27, 2014

Kasai reaches podium in return to World Cup

Olympic hero Noriaki Kasai reached Wednesday’s ski jumping World Cup podium in his first competition since the Sochi Winter Games. The 41-year-old Kasai was third on Falun’s K-120 hill behind Germany’s Severin Freund and Slovenia’s Peter Prevc, who leads the World Cup standings with ...

Japanese medalists from the 2014 Winter Olympics

Feb 24, 2014

Japanese medalists from the 2014 Winter Olympics

February 21 Women’s ski halfpipe, bronze medal Ayana Onozuka Ayana Onozuka | AFP-JIJI Kyodo “All the work I put in has come to fruition. If it weren’t for all the support of those around me, I absolutely wouldn’t be here now…I feel I’m still ...

Japan's eight-medal haul delivered several Olympic success stories

Feb 23, 2014

Japan's eight-medal haul delivered several Olympic success stories

Despite a number of disappointments, Japan still made history at the Sochi Olympics, which concluded on Sunday. Although solid medal favorites such as women’s ski jumper Sara Takanashi and women’s figure skater Mao Asada failed to medal, Japan still managed eight medals, a Japan ...

Jumpers set sights on team event; Japan poses threat

Feb 16, 2014

Jumpers set sights on team event; Japan poses threat

With the medals awarded in the individual competitions, training begins Sunday for the final ski jumping event at the Sochi Olympics, the large hill team gold. And there will likely be some familiar faces from the podium at Vancouver four years ago — five ...