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A well-worn Japanese cliche says a beast is lurking within the biggest sporting stages ready to ravage mentally weak athletes. On Sunday at the Beijing Olympics, Ryoyu Kobayashi said he became that beast.

After winning his first Olympic gold medal on the normal hill — and Japan’s first gold of the Games — large hill specialist Kobayashi was in a playful frame of mind, telling reporters, “I might be the beast of these Olympics.”

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