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Jan 24, 2021
Yuto Totsuka wins men's halfpipe at Laax Open
Yuto Totsuka won the men's halfpipe with an outstanding final run Saturday to lead a Japanese charge on the podium at the Laax Open Snowboard World Cup competition in Switzerland.
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Jan 10, 2021
Teenage talent Kokomo Murase second in World Cup big air opener
Kokomo Murase finished just short of a victory in the opening round of the FIS Snowboard Park and Pipe World Cup on Saturday after producing the highest-scoring trick of the women's big air competition at Austria's Kreischberg ski resort.
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Feb 16, 2020
Ruka Hirano claims first halfpipe World Cup win
Snowboarder Ruka Hirano captured his first World Cup victory in Calgary on Saturday in the men's halfpipe competition, the last of five events of the season.
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Dec 21, 2019
Reira Iwabuchi, Kokomo Murase finish 1-2 at Big Air event in Atlanta
Snowboarder Reira Iwabuchi clinched the big air crystal globe for the second straight year after winning the two-day World Cup season finale in the Big Air event on Friday.
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Dec 15, 2019
Miyabi Onitsuka soars first World Cup big air title
Miyabi Onitsuka snared her first gold medal of the snowboard World Cup season, winning the women's big air in Beijing on Saturday.
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LIFE / Travel
Nov 28, 2019
Top 10: Where to go skiing and snowboarding in Japan this winter
Winter is approaching fast and with it Japan becomes a bucket list destination on the mind of any skier and snowboarder, with fresh powder snow and Etch A Sketch skiing conditions.
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JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 7, 2019
Japanese Olympic snowboarder Kazuhiro Kokubo suspected of smuggling cannabis from U.S.
Former Japanese Olympic snowboarder Kazuhiro Kokubo was arrested Wednesday for allegedly smuggling cannabis from the United States for profit.
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Oct 16, 2019
Olympic medalist Taku Hiraoka admits causing car accident
A Japanese Olympic medalist has admitted causing a collision that injured several people last month in Nara Prefecture, western Japan, investigative sources said Wednesday.
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Mar 10, 2019
Snowboarder Yuto Totsuka wins men's halfpipe gold at World Cup finals
Yuto Totsuka overcame challenging weather conditions at Mammoth Mountain in California to win the men's snowboard halfpipe finals at the World Cup season finale on Saturday.
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Mar 3, 2019
Raibu Katayama, Yuto Totsuka place second, third in halfpipe at U.S. Open
Raibu Katayama and Yuto Totsuka finished second and third, respectively, on Sunday in the men's halfpipe competition at the Burton U.S. Open in Vail, Colorado.
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Mar 2, 2019
Miyabi Onitsuka places third in women's slopestyle final at U.S. Open
Miyabi Onitsuka placed third in the women's slopestyle final Friday at the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships at Vail Mountain Resort in Colorado.
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Jan 28, 2019
Yuto Totsuka wins halfpipe silver at Winter X Games
Teenager Yuto Totsuka finished second in the men's superpipe event on Sunday at the Winter X Games in Aspen.
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Jan 20, 2019
Yuto Totsuka grabs halfpipe World Cup silver in Switzerland
Teenager Yuto Totsuka posted a 92.00-point run on Saturday and finished second at the men's halfpipe World Cup in Switzerland.
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LIFE / Travel
Jan 18, 2019
Madarao: The tree skiing capital of Japan?
The Madarao Kogen ski resort prides itself on two things: its powder snow ('Madapow!') — enjoying over 10 meters of fresh snow annually — and its tree skiing. It is less well-known than some of its rivals within the prefecture, but that just means emptier runs and shorter lift queues.
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LIFE / Travel
Jan 18, 2019
Where to buy ski and snowboard gear in Tokyo
Need winter sports equipment? The Kanda-Ogawamachi district to the east of Jinbocho Station is far and away the best place to purchase ski and snowboard gear in the capital.
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Jan 13, 2019
Onitsuka wins second straight slopestyle World Cup
Miyabi Onitsuka claimed her second straight women's slopestyle snowboard World Cup with a win in Kreischberg on Saturday, while Hiroaki Kunitake finished third in the men's competition.
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Sep 8, 2018
Snowboarders Reira Iwabuchi, Miyabi Onitsuka finish 1-2 in women's big air event in season opener
Reira Iwabuchi and Miyabi Onitsuka claimed gold and silver, respectively, Saturday in the women's big air at the snowboard World Cup season opener in Cardrona, New Zealand.
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PARALYMPICS / Winter Paralympics
Mar 16, 2018
Gurimu Narita captures men's snowboarding gold medal at Pyeongchang Paralympics
Gurimu Narita won gold Friday in men's snowboarding banked slalom at the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics.
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PARALYMPICS / Winter Paralympics
Mar 9, 2018
Atsushi Yamamoto steps off the field and onto the slopes
He is arguably Japan's best-known disabled athlete, but some may be surprised to see Atsushi Yamamoto at the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics.
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LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Mar 5, 2018
Putting Japan's Olympic success into words
Team Japan amassed 13 medals in Pyeongchang, its best ever Winter Games medal haul.

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