Saturday, February 15, 2014

Silver Lining for Veteran Ski Jumper Noriaki Kasai in Sochi

Noriaki Kasai, a 41 year old ski jumper from Japan who is competing in his seventh Winter Olympics, won a silver medal at the Large Hill Ski Jump at the Sochi games.  Kasai's two jump totals at the RussKi Gorki Jump Center were 277.4 points. Kasai was just edged out by Poland's Kamil Stoch for the Gold with a 278.7 margin.  

Kasai did win a silver medal in Lillehammer (1994) with the Japanese team on the normal hill.  But winning an individual medal was quite important to the veteran olympian.

Kasai won plaudits from fellow competitors for his achievement.  Kamil Stoch, the 26 year old who also won Gold in Sochi on the normal hill,  was particularly gracious in recognizing Kasai's success.

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