Veteran ski jumper Noriaki Kasai on Sunday celebrated winning the silver medal in the men’s large hill competition at the Sochi Games the previous day, writing on his blog, “I narrowly missed taking the gold, but to me the result is as good as gold”
In a post titled “Hurray, Silver!,” Kasai thanked those who cheered him on as he won his first individual medal in seven consecutive Olympic Games, saying, “Thank you for sending me too many messages to read! I will go through them all though!”
The 41-year-old admitted to feeling nervous before the competition, especially after placing a disappointing eighth in the normal hill event on Monday.
“I was thinking ‘With the form I’m in right now, I can get a medal,’ but also ‘What if I can’t get a medal like in the normal hill?’ I was going back and forth between confidence and anxiousness.”
“I’m really glad to have been able to beat the pressure and nail two fantastic jumps,” he wrote.
Kasai on Saturday logged jumps of 139 meters and 133.5 meters to place second behind Poland’s Kamil Stoch. His best Olympic result to date had been a silver in the large hill team at the 1994 Lillehammer Games.