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Noriaki Kasai
Noriaki Kasai
Country Japan
Sport Ski jumping
Best Events Team Event in Lillehammer, HS140 in Sochi
Olympics Attended 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
Olympic Medals Won
Gold medal icon Gold Silver medal icon Silver Bronze medal icon Bronze
2 1
Personal Information
Nickname Nori
Birthdate 6 June 1972
Birthplace Shimokawa, Hokkaido, Japan
Height 176 cm
Weight
Hometown Shimokawa

Noriaki Kasai (葛西 紀明 Kasai Noriaki, born 6 June 1972) is a legendary Japanese ski jumper. He started his World Cup career in 1989, and won his first World Cup event in 1992, which also counted as a victory in World Ski-Flying Championships. That was the year he took part in his first Winter Olympic Games in Albertville 1992. Two years later in Lillehammer, he won Olympic silver in the team competition, being alongside Jinya Nishikata, Takanobu Okabe, and Masahiko Harada.

Twenty years since then, he achieved his second Olympic silver medal in large hill competition in Sochi. This made him the oldest Olympic medalist in the history of ski jumping, winning a medal at the age of 41 years and 254 days. Those were the 7th Olympic Games in his career.

With 16 World Cup victories, 2 indivividual medals and 4 team medals at Ski Jumping World Championships, two Olympic medals and a Ski Flying Champion title, Noriaki Kasai is one of the most successful ski jumpers in the world.

Olympic results

Normal hill Large hill Team LH
Albertville 1992
31 26 4
Lillehammer 1994
5 14 2
Nagano 1998
7
Salt Lake City 2002
49 41
Torino 2006
20 12 6
Vancouver 2010
17 8 5
Sochi 2014
8 2 3

Trivia

  • Noriaki Kasai has competed in World Cup and World Championships for 25 years. That is an absolute record for a ski jumper.
  • At the age of 41, he is still one of the most successfull ski jumpers in the world. On 11th January 2014, being 41 years and 219 days old, he won the World Cup event in Bad Mitterndorf, making himself the oldest World Cup event winner ever.
  • Kasai has taken part in 7 Olympiads, what makes him, alogside with Albert Demtchenko, a record holder for Winter Olympic Games appearances.

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