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The Japan Times editors selected these domestic sports stories as the most important of 2014.

1. Yuzuru Hanyu golden for Japan in Sochi: The Japanese delegation wins eight medals during the 2014 Winter Olympic in Sochi, Russia, none bigger than Yuzuru Hanyu’s gold in men’s figure skating, which made him the first Japanese man to become Olympic champion in that discipline. The 2014 Games also saw teenage ski jumper Sara Takanashi leave without a medal after entering the Olympics as the undisputed favorite to win gold. Figure skating star Mao Asada met disappointment in Sochi as well, slumping to a shocking 16th-place finish in the ladies’ short program before rallying to finish sixth overall.

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