Ageless jumper Kasai earns bronze


Noriaki Kasai made his second podium finish in as many days Sunday, taking the bronze medal a day after becoming the oldest ski jumper to triumph on the World Cup circuit.

In the 14th individual competition, the 41-year-old Kasai scored 365.8 points for his third podium finish of the season. On Saturday, he became the oldest ski jumper at 41 years, 7 months to claim a World Cup victory.

Slovenia’s 21-year-old Peter Prevc won his first title with jumps of 186 and 198 meters for a score of 369.0. Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer was second with 366.9.

Kasai, who next month will compete at the Sochi Olympics, was fourth after his first jump of 180 meters before rallying with a mammoth leap of 201 meters for the day’s longest effort.

“Awesome. I was aiming to come from behind on the second run,” said Kasai.

“I am getting used to being at the top. I am really enjoying myself now. Schlierenzauer and the others recognize (my talent),” he added.