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Kyokutenho of ski-jumping

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The veteran of ski-jumping, my second most favourite sport, Noriaki Kasai has made it – a world cup win at the age 41 – a record (other than Kyokutenho he already had 15 wins in his youth).

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Remarkable victory, for sure. Did I hear rumors that Takanobu Okabe is also planning to make a comeback?

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Okabe was there, 35th in the qualification on Friday, only up to the 29th qualified: http://data.fis-ski.com/pdf/2014/JP/3796/2014JP3796RLQ.pdf

Maybe to be there when the record as the eldest winner was taken away from him?

I was waiting the whole season to post this off-topic, expecting Kasai to win one.

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Another strong podium by Kasai today. I guess he'll take aim at a couple Olympic medals next...

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Okabe (43) is now 27th in the Continental cup (ski-jump juryo) after finishing joint 2nd in Sapporo (normal hill). He basically was in all international class events which were held in Japan.

And Takanashi (17) has surpassed Kasai's 16 world cup wins and is the sole best Japanese ski-jumping athlete, with 17 wins international top in the women's World cup – but will she get the gold medal ?

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Kasai appears in the sumo related news: For his 7th Olympics he is the captain of Team Japan. At the team-start ceremony yesterday he made a Waka/Taka like acceptance speech with 4-kanji phrase(s) like at ozeki/yokozuna promotions:
using first futou-fukutsu 不撓不屈: indomitable (spirit in training by each),
then: ichii-senshin 一意専心: wholeheartedly (challenging at the Games).
http://www.daily.co.jp/general/2014/01/21/1p_0006651399.shtml
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http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/winter/news/20140120-OHT1T00151.htm

New darling of the masses Takanashi (looks like she's succeeding table tennis’s Ai-chan) is of course number 1 hope for a gold medal.

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Perhaps not so coincidentally, Kasai was born the same year as Taka.

...and also in the same country as Taka!!! ;-)

sorry, just being in a silly mood now

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I'll be hugely disappointed if Sara doesn't win gold in Sochi. The Japanese team with Yuki Ito et al. should also take the team gold, especially with the Austrians weakened by our best lady jumper out with injury.

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After Kasai pulled another Kyokutenho with becoming the oldest Olympic individual medal winner in ski-jumping - and his first this time – many rikishi are deeply moved, especially those who had to overcome injury and kyujo like him to then deliver a result.

He always talked about going for gold and actually missed it only like in a photo finish – last year that sounded just like Jokoryu announcing to go for yokozuna, but now he really has become a legend.

The joy about his success soothed my feeling of “zannen” about Takanashi and Asada failing to win a medal.

Tochinowaka gets inspired to promise to go for a kinboshi instead kin(gold)-medal.

www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/p-sp-tp3-20140221-1260570.html

Harumafuji said he received vigour: “I thought that it's not appropriate now to say the leg hurts.”

www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/f-sp-tp3-20140219-1259913.html

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