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Noriaki Kasai

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 1
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameNoriaki•Kasai
Used nameNoriaki•Kasai
Original name葛西•紀明
Born6 June 1972 in Shimokawa, Hokkaido (JPN)
Measurements176 cm / 60 kg
AffiliationsJisaki Industry/Tsuchiya Home Co.
NOC Japan

Biography

Noriaki Kasai is a legend in Japanese winter sport after having competed at the top level in four different decades. At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Kasai joined Albert Demchenko (EUN/RUS) as the first Winter Olympians to compete at 7 Winter Olympics. The 2012-13 season was his 22nd on the World Cup circuit and, up to March 2013, he had contested 473 cup events – both are records. Kasai had 15 individual World Cup victories between 1992 and 2004 but did not win at the highest level and has been thwarted in his attempts to win a major championship title. His six medals at the World Championships have all been of either the silver or bronze. At the Olympics, Kasai won a silver medal in the team event in 1994, and at Sochi in 2014, capped his career with an individual Olympic silver on the large hill, and a team bronze. His career highlights have included a gold medal at the World Ski Flying Championships in 1992 and a victory on the Holmenkollen in Oslo.

Kasai began ski jumping at the age of 10 and dominated the Japanese junior scene in the late 1980s before being promoted to the senior national team at the end of 1988-89 season. Affectionately known as “Kamikaze Kasai”, he holds world distance records for the over 35, over 40, and over 45 age groups

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1992 Winter Olympics Ski Jumping (Skiing) JPN Noriaki Kasai
Normal Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 31
Large Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 26
Large Hill, Team, Men (Olympic) Japan 4
1994 Winter Olympics Ski Jumping (Skiing) JPN Noriaki Kasai
Normal Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 5
Large Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 14
Large Hill, Team, Men (Olympic) Japan 2 Silver
1998 Winter Olympics Ski Jumping (Skiing) JPN Noriaki Kasai
Normal Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 7
2002 Winter Olympics Ski Jumping (Skiing) JPN Noriaki Kasai
Normal Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 49
Large Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 41
2006 Winter Olympics Ski Jumping (Skiing) JPN Noriaki Kasai
Normal Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 20
Large Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 12
Large Hill, Team, Men (Olympic) Japan 6
2010 Winter Olympics Ski Jumping (Skiing) JPN Noriaki Kasai
Normal Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 17
Large Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 8
Large Hill, Team, Men (Olympic) Japan 5
2014 Winter Olympics Ski Jumping (Skiing) JPN Noriaki Kasai
Normal Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 8
Large Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Large Hill, Team, Men (Olympic) Japan 3 Bronze
2018 Winter Olympics Ski Jumping (Skiing) JPN Noriaki Kasai
Normal Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 21
Large Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 33
Large Hill, Team, Men (Olympic) Japan 6

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1994 Winter Olympics 25 February 1994 Ski Jumping (Skiing) Normal Hill, Individual, Men Jump 1 98.0 3
2010 Winter Olympics 12 February 2010 Ski Jumping (Skiing) Normal Hill, Individual, Men Qualifying Round 105.5 =6
2010 Winter Olympics 19 February 2010 Ski Jumping (Skiing) Large Hill, Individual, Men Qualifying Round 142.5 1

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
2018 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony JPN Noriaki Kasai

Special Notes