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Daito Takahashi

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameDaito•Takahashi
Used nameDaito•Takahashi
Original name高橋•大斗
Born16 December 1980 in Kitaakita, Akita (JPN)
Measurements169 cm / 65 kg
AffiliationsHokkaido Tokai University/Tsuchiya Home
NOC Japan

Biography

Three-time Olympian Daito Takahashi of Japan made his Olympic début at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City where he had two top-10 individual finishes. At Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010, his best finishes were sixth each time as a member of the Japanese Nordic combined team event.

Takahashi’s top finishes at the World Championships were tenth on two occasions (15 km individual in 2003, 7.5 km sprint in 2005). At the 2007 World Championships in Sapporo, he crashed during the ski jump portion of the 7.5 km sprint and had to be taken to the hospital, unable to finish the competition. Takahashi had 197 World Cup starts, with seven podium finishes and two victories, both at Lahti, Finland, and on successive days in March 2004 (7.5 km sprint, and 15 km individual).

Takahashi, who studied at Tokai University Yoyogi Campus, was born in one of the northernmost mountainous regions of Japan. This was an important factor at the start of his sporting career as snow was a large part of his daily life. As a youth, his hobbies included many winter sports including skiing and snowboarding, before he became an elite athlete.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2002 Winter Olympics Nordic Combined (Skiing) JPN Daito Takahashi
Team, Men (Olympic) Japan 8
Individual, Men (Olympic) 12
Sprint, Men (Olympic) 6
2006 Winter Olympics Nordic Combined (Skiing) JPN Daito Takahashi
Team, Men (Olympic) Japan 6
Individual, Men (Olympic) AC
Sprint, Men (Olympic) 15
2010 Winter Olympics Nordic Combined (Skiing) JPN Daito Takahashi
Normal Hill / 10 km, Individual, Men (Olympic) 27
Team, Men (Olympic) Japan 6