Veteran jumper Kasai showing no signs of slowing down

Ski jumping Jan 28, 2014

Veteran jumper Kasai showing no signs of slowing down

Despite turning 41 last summer, Noriaki Kasai is showing no signs of slowing down and a recent World Cup win suggests the ski jumper nicknamed "Kamikaze" could emerge as a surprise medalist in his seventh Winter Olympics appearance at next month's Sochi Games. Kasai made ...

Jump star Takanashi flying high going into Sochi Games

Ski jumping Jan 24, 2014

Jump star Takanashi flying high going into Sochi Games

The Sochi Olympic Games could not have been timed better for 17-year-old women's ski jumper Sara Takanashi. In the first Olympics in which women will jump for medals, Takanashi is firmly established as the best in her field. Coming off her first overall World Cup ...

Women's ice hockey team aiming for podium finish in Sochi

Ice hockey Jan 22, 2014

Women's ice hockey team aiming for podium finish in Sochi

When the Japan women's ice hockey team makes its first Olympic appearance next month at the Sochi Games since gaining entrance through an automatic berth at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, it will be out to shock the world with a podium finish. Yuji Iizuka believes ...

Figure Skating Jan 21, 2014

Murakami making solid preparations for Four Continents

Olympian Kanako Murakami practiced on Tuesday and showed no ill effects from ankle pain ahead of the start of the Four Continents Championships. The skates Murakami began using after December's Japan National Championships did not fit her well and caused her right ankle to swell. ...

Watabe brothers ready for Sochi tilt

Nordic combined Jan 18, 2014

Watabe brothers ready for Sochi tilt

Akito Watabe will take his third crack at an Olympic medal when the Nordic combined competition begins at the Sochi Games on Feb. 12. Watabe, who competed for Japan at the 2006 Turin Games and again at Vancouver in 2010, is going in search of ...

Takanashi wins shortened meet

More Sports / Winter Sports Jan 18, 2014

Takanashi wins shortened meet

Sochi Olympic gold medal hopeful Sara Takanashi posted her seventh World Cup win of the season on Saturday in a competition that was cut to one round of jumps. The 17-year-old from Hokkaido fell after landing on her first jump, but her distance of 104 ...

More Sports / Winter Sports Jan 18, 2014

Kasai soars to victory at HTB Cup

Ski jumper Noriaki Kasai, Japan's Sochi Olympic captain, got in a successful warm-up for next month's Winter Games with a victory on Saturday at the HTB Cup. The 41-year-old Kasai, who this month became the oldest man to win a World Cup ski jumping competition, ...