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Sara Takanashi will replace fellow ski jumper Noriaki Kasai as Japan’s flag-bearer during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony, the Japanese Olympic Committee announced Tuesday.

The 45-year-old Kasai will be abroad and unable to attend the opening ceremony. Nicknamed “Legend” for his age-defying feats in world-class competition, Kasai is the oldest Olympic ski jumping medalist and the oldest to compete on the men’s World Cup tour.

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