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Noriaki Kasai
Japanese ski jumper

Noriaki Kasai

Noriaki Kasai
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Japanese ski jumper
Is Athlete Ski jumper
From Japan
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 6 June 1972, Shimokawa, Japan
Age 49 years
Star sign Gemini
Stats
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 60 kg
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Noriaki Kasai (葛西 紀明, Kasai Noriaki, born 6 June 1972) is a Japanese ski jumper. His career achievements include a gold medal at the 1992 Ski Flying World Championships, winning the 1999 Nordic Tournament, individual silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and two individual bronze medals at the 2003 Ski Jumping World Championships.

During his career, Kasai broke numerous ski jumping records. In 2016, Kasai was honoured with two Guinness World Records certificates for the most individual World Cup starts, not only in ski jumping, but in all World Cup disciplines organized by the International Ski Federation. Kasai has been competing for 31 seasons between 1988–89 and 2019–20, and consecutively since 1995–96.

Career

1988: World Cup debut

Kasai made his World Cup debut on 17 December 1988 in Sapporo, Japan, at the age of 16, reaching 31st place. A year later he performed in his first Nordic World Championships in Lahti, Finland.

1992: World champion

He won his first and to date only major championship at the FIS Ski Flying World Championships 1992 in Harrachov, Czechoslovakia. He won after a second day of competition which was cancelled after strong winds and a crash of Christof Duffner. At that time he was among the world's top jumpers, known for his extraordinary style, holding his body almost flat between his skis.

1994: Olympic team medal

In 1994, he was a member of the Japanese national team that won a silver medal in the team large hill and finished fifth in the individual large hill at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. After breaking his shoulder he missed the entire 1994/95 season.

1999: Nordic Tournament

In 1999, Kasai won the ski jumping competition at the Holmenkollen Ski Festival and Nordic Tournament overall title. He collected a total of seven medals at the Nordic World Championships, including two silver (team large hill in 1999 and 2003) and five bronze medals (individual normal hill and individual large hill in 2003, team large hill in 2007 and 2009, and mixed team normal hill in 2015). At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, he finished eighth on the large hill and 17th on the normal hill.

2014: Oldest Olympic medalist

At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi he competed in a record seventh Olympics and took the silver medal in the large hill individual and the bronze in team large hill, becoming the oldest ski jumper ever to take a medal at the winter Olympics.

On 29 November 2014 Kasai became the oldest World Cup winner when he shared the victory with Simon Ammann in Ruka, Finland.

On 22 February 2015 Kasai won the bronze medal at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2015 in mixed team event and became the oldest medalist at the Nordic World Ski Championships. He performed for a record twelfth time in the competition.

2016: 500th World Cup start

On 4 March 2016 he was on a World Cup podium in Wisła at the age of 43 years and 272 days, which is a record for the oldest contestant to mount the podium in ski jumping history. On 17 March 2016 in Planica, he reached his 500th individual start in the World Cup.

2018 Olympics

Kasai finished 21st in the normal hill at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Major tournament results

Olympics

Year Place NH LH Team LH
1992 Albertville 31 26 4
1994 Lillehammer 5 14 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
1998 Nagano 7
2002 Salt Lake City 49 41
2006 Turin 20 12 6
2010 Vancouver 17 8 5
2014 Sochi 8 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
2018 Pyeongchang 21 33 6

FIS World Nordic Ski Championships

Year Place NH LH Team NH Team LH Mixed NH
1989 Lahti 54 57 N/A 15 N/A
1991 Val di Fiemme 36 11
1993 Falun 10 7 5
1995 Thunder Bay Was not qualified
1997 Trondheim
1999 Ramsau 5 10 N/A 2nd place, silver medalist(s) N/A
2001 Lahti 8 19 4 4
2003 Val di Fiemme 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) N/A 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
2005 Oberstdorf 21 36 9 10
2007 Sapporo 34 24 N/A 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
2009 Liberec 30 32 N/A 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
2011 Oslo 26 24 5 6
2013 Val di Fiemme 35 22 N/A 5
2015 Falun 35 11 4 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
2017 Lahti 28 32 7

Ski Flying World Championships

Year Place Individual Team
1990 Vikersund 23 N/A
1992 Harrachov 1st place, gold medalist(s)
1994 Planica 19
1996 Bad Mitterndorf 24
1998 Oberstdorf
2000 Vikersund 5
2002 Harrachov
2004 Planica 24 5
2006 Bad Mitterndorf
2008 Oberstdorf 35 7
2010 Planica 12
2012 Vikersund
2014 Harrachov 4
2016 Bad Mitterndorf 5
2018 Oberstdorf 25

World Cup

Standings

Season Overall 4H SF RA W5 T5 P7 NT JP
1988/89 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1989/90 24 19 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1990/91 73 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1991/92 9 7 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1992/93 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1993/94 6 4 19 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1995/96 36 10 26 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 36
1996/97 17 24 23 N/A N/A N/A N/A 11 15
1997/98 10 24 13 N/A N/A N/A N/A 4 10
1998/99 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) N/A N/A N/A N/A 1st place, gold medalist(s) 4
1999/00 15 20 10 N/A N/A N/A N/A 9 14
2000/01 4 12 8 N/A N/A N/A N/A 23 N/A
2001/02 23 31 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 20 N/A
2002/03 13 23 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 6 N/A
2003/04 8 8 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 10 N/A
2004/05 16 11 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 26 N/A
2005/06 21 9 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 15 N/A
2006/07 26 34 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 20 N/A
2007/08 34 34 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 30 N/A
2008/09 15 13 20 N/A N/A N/A N/A 13 N/A
2009/10 17 11 N/A N/A N/A N/A 8 N/A
2010/11 25 31 31 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2011/12 51 33 45 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2012/13 24 42 17 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2013/14 5 5 2nd place, silver medalist(s) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2014/15 6 4 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2015/16 8 7 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2016/17 15 29 4 8 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2017/18 26 40 9 24 N/A 13 N/A N/A
2018/19 37 42 26 42 39 N/A 28 N/A N/A
2019/20 N/A N/A N/A

Wins

No. Season Date Location Hill Size
1 1991/92 22 March 1992   Harrachov Čerťák K180 FH
2 1992/93 1 January 1993   Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K107 LH
3 23 January 1993   Predazzo Trampolino dal Ben K120 LH
4 6 March 1993   Lahti Salpausselkä K90 NH
5 1993/94 9 January 1994   Murau Hans-Walland Großschanze K120 LH
6 1997/98 22 March 1998   Planica Bloudkova velikanka K120 LH
7 1998/99 3 January 1999   Innsbruck Bergiselschanze K120 LH
8 29 January 1999   Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze K120 LH
9 31 January 1999   Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze K120 LH
10 9 March 1999   Trondheim Granåsen K120 (night) LH
11 14 March 1999   Oslo Holmenkollbakken K115 LH
12 21 March 1999   Planica Velikanka bratov Gorišek K185 FH
13 2000/01 1 January 2001   Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K115 LH
14 2002/03 9 February 2003   Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze K120 LH
15 2003/04 28 February 2004   Park City Utah Olympic Park K120 LH
16 2013/14 11 January 2014   Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf Kulm HS200 FH
17 2014/15 29 November 2014   Kuusamo Rukatunturi HS142 LH

Individual starts (569)

Kasai was three times on the starting list but did not start, at Bischofshofen in 1997, Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1998, and Lahti in 2014.

Season 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Points
31 26
27 18 9 7 20 40 26 15 16 30 18 26 51 7 24 7 10 14 28 50 22 68
47 39 53 51 61 36 47 57 q q 18
11 13 11 6 3 6 2 6 60 13 1 7
34 7 21 14 43 3 1 3 2 1 1 4 4 4 27
15 5 31 12 27 14 13 3 2 1 6 5 3 17 19 45 10
37 14 12 9 17 52 35 21 22 17 18 28 q
15 25 7 23 6 18 31 20 12 DNS 16 21 2 18 15 33 11 41 27 27 12 20 q
3 7 7 17 10 4 7 6 DNS 25 30 37 14 3 5 17 8 16 2 30 4 1
5 37 5 6 3 12 13 2 3 3 1 4 3 3 5 11 6 12 1 1 3 5 1 4 1 4 3 1
5 13 5 17 16 34 14 47 18 13 17 44 11 8 29 11 31 22 30 42 8 18 7 17 5
48 2 18 2 1 3 44 7 11 18 4 10 4 7 4 18 6 8 44 19 18
19 23 25 21 7 25 30 q 37 28 20 15 8 3 22 25 28
12 22 11 9 19 17 20 17 21 22 13 39 9 10 22 10 10 12 1 5 6 16 36 7
12 18 21 6 10 5 6 6 11 49 8 2 3 15 1 9 11 16 16
6 6 14 9 11 5 10 25 15 15 20 10 13 34 22 9 7 18 25 29 27 31 39 31
q 41 32 21 38 39 19 13 12 9 11 24 4 21 19 19 13 14 31 28
50 q 3 28 42 33 15 17 15 19 36 9 12 37 28 24
11 15 17 26 11 q 25 39 30 q q 25 42 25 19 34 27 35 35 27 q 32
47 33 q 29 6 q 19 17 16 6 19 9 12 3 21 34 5 9 6 28 7
10 49 30 13 15 35 13 13 9 19 6 2 11 16 9 19
24 16 27 29 35 29 46 22 21 22 11 14 27 25 5 25 DQ 18 25 20 25 q
35 29 36 56 15 33 42 q 32 29 24 24 23 28
19 10 7 20 30 25 24 q 41 34 23 11 19 9 19 12 12 4 4
2013/14 1062
27 5 10 4 6 3 6 6 7 5 1 3 3 6 4 4 3 DNS 9 8 3 4 6 5
2014/15 1137
6 3 1 11 17 8 8 3 2 5 8 9 6 8 9 9 5 11 3 5 5 13 10 4 2 5 8
2015/16 909
5 30 17 3 10 5 12 7 9 4 3 3 3 7 10 7 16 14 10 7 3 12 6 7 4
2016/17 401
18 24 26 32 33 21 21 31 37 10 14 17 17 23 37 14 12 35 50 21 35 13 15 2 4 3
2017/18 164
31 q 10 42 48 46 q 18 48 5 24 q 30 18 46 10 11 22
2018/19 88
q 38 38 35 34 49 30 q 32 32 32 44 40 33 32 7 29 21 11 46 40 36 28 36 q q 19
2019/20 0
q q q 45 33 q 36

Records

During his career, Kasai broke numerous ski jumping records and age milestones. He is the oldest athlete to ever perform in the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup and holds the record for the most appearances in the competition, with a total of 569 individual starts (640 including team events) in 31 seasons between 1988–89 and 2019–20. Kasai also holds a record number of appearances in ski jumping at the Winter Olympics (21 starts), FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (42 starts), and FIS Ski Flying World Championships (13 starts). In 2016, he was awarded with two Guinness World Records certificates for the "most appearances in FIS Nordic World Ski Championships by an individual ski jumper" and "most individual starts in FIS Ski Jumping World Cup competitions". In November 2014, Kasai became the oldest individual World Cup event winner, aged 42 years and 5 months. He is also the oldest competitor to make a World Cup podium, aged 44 years and 9 months.

Kasai is the first athlete in history to participate at eight Winter Olympics (between 1992 and 2018). At the 2014 Winter Olympics, he became the oldest Olympic medalist in ski jumping after winning a silver medal aged 41 years and 254 days.

Personal life

On 30 January 2016 his wife gave birth to their daughter named Rino.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 24 Mar 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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