Japan at the 1972 Winter Olympics

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Japan at the Olympic Games

Flag of Japan
IOC code  JPN
NOC Japanese Olympic Committee
Website www.joc.or.jp (Japanese)
At the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo
Competitors 85 (65 men, 20 women) in 10 sports
Flag bearer Mineyuki Mashiko
Medals
Rank: 11
Gold
1
Silver
1
Bronze
1
Total
3
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games

Japan was the host nation for the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo. It was the first time that Japan had hosted the Winter Olympic Games, but second time overall after the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Three Japanese ski jumpers swept the medals in the normal hill event, becoming national heroes.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Kasaya, YukioYukio Kasaya Ski jumping Men's normal hill (K70)
 Silver Konno, AkitsuguAkitsugu Konno Ski jumping Men's normal hill (K70)
 Bronze Aochi, SeijiSeiji Aochi Ski jumping Men's normal hill (K70)

Alpine skiing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Masahiko Otsue Downhill 1:59.55 35
Sumihiro Tomii 1:55.34 22
Masayoshi Kashiwagi Giant Slalom DSQ DSQ
Masahiko Otsue 1:38.71 34 DSQ DSQ
Haruhisa Chiba 1:36.36 26 1:40.87 20 3:17.23 19
Masami Ichimura 1:35.77 22 1:39.57 12 3:15.34 15
Men's slalom
Athlete Classification Final
Time Rank Time 1 Rank Time 2 Rank Total Rank
Haruhisa Chiba 1:43.17 1 1:01.25 29 DNF DNF
Toshimasa Furukawa 1:46.33 3 ? 25 DSQ DSQ
Masayoshi Kashiwagi DNF 1:00.19 24 56.42 17 1:56.61 18
Masami Ichimura 1:42.90 1 57.58 13 57.25 18 1:54.83 17
Women
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Emiko Okazaki Downhill 1:48.85 41
Harue Okitsu 1:45.37 40
Miyuki Katagiri 1:44.10 35
Mitsuyo Nagumo 1:43.07 32
MItsuyo Nagumo Giant Slalom DSQ
Emiko Okazaki 1:40.37 32
Miyuki Katagiri 1:39.11 30
Harue Okitsu 1:35.33 22
Miyuki Katagiri Slalom DNF DNF
Mitsuyo Nagumo DNF DNF
Harue Okitsu 50.55 19 50.12 16 1:40.67 16
Emiko Okazaki 50.06 18 49.47 14 1:39.53 13

Biathlon[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Time Penalties Adjusted time 1 Rank
20 km Kazuo Sasakubo 1'19:07.43 9 1'28:07.43 38
Isao Ono 1'16:26.83 7 1'23:26.83 25
Shozo Sasaki 1'18:05.54 5 1'23:05.54 23
Miki Shibuya 1'16:57.27 5 1'21:57.27 17
1 One minute added per close miss (a hit in the outer ring), two minutes added per complete miss.
Men's 4 x 7.5 km relay
Athletes Race
Misses 2 Time Rank
Isao Ono
Shozo Sasaki
Miki Shibuya
Kazuo Sasakubo
5 1'59:09.48 8
2 A penalty loop of 200 metres had to be skied per missed target.

Bobsleigh[edit]

Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
JPN-1 Susumu Esashika
Kazumi Abe
Two-man 1:18.13 16 1:16.43 6 1:15.17 14 1:16.86 18 5:06.59 15
JPN-2 Akihiko Suzuki
Rikio Sato
Two-man 1:18.98 21 1:18.46 21 1:15.63 16 1:18.84 21 5:11.91 21
Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
JPN-1 Susumu Esashika
Kazumi Abe
Rikio Sato
Yoshiyuki Ichihashi
Four-man 1:11.51 6 1:12.99 15 1:11.42 12 1:12.00 13 4:47.92 12
JPN-2 Toshihisa Nagata
Hiroshi Inaba
Koichi Sugawara
Akihiko Suzuki
Four-man 1:11.51 6 1:12.99 15 DSQ DSQ

Cross-country skiing[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
15 km Motoharu Matsumura 50:43.76 51
Akiyoshi Matsuoka 49:50.72 43
Kunio Shibata 49:38.95 41
Hideo Tanifuji 49:06.97 37
30 km Tomio Okamura 1'47:50.22 47
Seiji Kudo 1'47:00.40 44
Hideo Tanifuji 1'45:37.13 37
Kunio Shibata 1'42:30.83 23
50 km Motoharu Matsumura DNF
Seiji Kudo 2'57:42.62 29
Men's 4 x 10 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Hideo Tanifuji
Kunio Shibata
Akiyoshi Matsuoka
Tomio Okamura
2'13:59.14 10
Women
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
5 km Akiko Akasaka 19:49.74 43
Harumi Imai 19:05.73 38
Tokiko Ozeki 19:00.82 37
Hiroko Takahashi 18:32.75 34
10 km Hideko Saito 39:51.61 38
Harumi Imai 39:33.13 37
Tokiko Ozeki 38:07.24 33
Hiroko Takahashi 36:53.84 25
Women's 3 x 5 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Tokiko Ozeki
Hiroko Takahashi
Hideko Saito
53:20.75 9

Figure skating[edit]

Men
Athlete CF FS Points Places Rank
Yutaka Higuchi 16 15 2309.7 140 16
Women
Athlete CF FS Points Places Rank
Kazumi Yamashita 10 10 2449.9 93 10
Pairs
Athletes SP FS Points Places Rank
Kotoe Nagasawa
Hiroshi Nagakubo
16 16 345.5 144 16

Ice hockey[edit]

First Round[edit]

Winners (in bold) entered the Medal Round. Other teams played a consolation round for 7th-11th places.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
 Japan 2–8  Czechoslovakia

Consolation Round[edit]

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
7  West Germany 4 3 1 0 22 10 6
8  Norway 4 3 1 0 16 14 6
9  Japan 4 2 1 1 17 16 5
10   Switzerland 4 0 2 2 9 16 2
11 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 4 0 3 1 9 17 1
  • Japan 3-3 Switzerland
  • Japan 3-2 Yugoslavia
  • Japan 4-5 Norway
  • Japan 7-6 West Germany
Contestants
Toshimitsu Otsubo
Tsutomu Hanzawa
Minoru Misawa
Hiroshi Hori
Iwao Nakayama
Takeshi Akiba
Fumio Yamazaki
Takashi Tsuburai
Minoru Ito
Teruyasu Honma
Yasushio Tanaka
Hideaki Kurokawa
Takao Hikigi
Koji Iwamoto
Isao Kakihara
Toru Okajima
Yoshio Hoshino
Osamu Wakabayashi
Hideo Suzuki

Luge[edit]

Men
Athlete Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Masatoshi Kobayashi 55.30 32 54.43 25 53.00 19 53.66 27 3:36.39 24
Satoru Arai 54.76 26 55.07 30 53.75 25 53.73 29 3:37.31 26
Masako Eguchi 54.09 15 53.37 12 52.78 18 53.57 25 3:33.81 18
Kazuaki Ichikawa 54.09 15 54.21 22 53.29 22 53.40 22 3:34.99 20

(Men's) Doubles

Athletes Run 1 Run 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Satoru Arai
Masatoshi Kobayashi
44.73 4 44.90 7 1:29.63 4
Masako Eguchi
Kazuaki Ichikawa
46.93 19 46.63 18 1:33.56 18
Women
Athlete Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Miyako Kawase 47.93 20 47.31 19 46.72 18 46.14 18 3:08.10 19
Hiroko Shibuya 46.66 14 46.41 13 45.89 8 45.49 12 3:04.45 13
Yuko Otaka 45.21 4 45.65 5 45.39 5 44.73 5 3:00.98 5

Nordic combined pictogram.svg Nordic combined[edit]

Events:

  • normal hill ski jumping (Three jumps, best two counted and shown here.)
  • 15 km cross-country skiing
Athlete Event Ski Jumping Cross-country Total
Distance 1 Distance 2 Points Rank Time Points Rank Points Rank
Nobutaka Sasaki Individual 72.5 76.0 190.3 8 54:00.6 169.645 37 359.945 24
Hideki Nakano 82.0 81.0 220.5 1 55:41.2 154.555 39 375.055 13
Yuji Katsuro 74.5 78.0 195.1 6 51:10.9 195.100 18 390.200 5
Kazuo Araya 76.5 77.0 199.7 5 53:29.3 174.340 34 374.040 15

Ski jumping pictogram.svg Ski jumping[edit]

Athlete Event Jump 1 Jump 2 Total
Distance Points Distance Points Points Rank
Takashi Fujisawa Normal hill 81.0 117.8 68.0 90.0 207.8 23
Akitsugu Konno 82.5 120.2 79.0 114.6 234.8 2nd
Seiji Aochi 83.5 123.3 77.5 106.2 229.5 3rd
Yukio Kasaya 84.0 126.6 79.0 117.6 244.2 1st
Hiroshi Itagaki Large hill 90.0 96.0 84.0 87.1 183.1 19
Takashi Fujisawa 95.5 107.2 86.0 89.9 197.1 14
Akitsugu Konno 98.0 109.7 88.5 89.4 199.1 12
Yukio Kasaya 106.0 124.9 85.0 84.5 209.4 7

Speed skating[edit]

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
500 m Keiichi Suzuki 41.28 19
Norio Hirate 41.08 17
Takayuki Hida 40.62 13
Masaki Suzuki 40.35 8
1500 m Kiyomi Ito 2:11.96 22
Mutsuhiko Maeda 2:11.09 20
5000 m Osamu Naito 7:56.97 16
Kiyomi Ito 7:45.96 13
10,000 m Osamu Naito 15:52.93 12
Kiyomi Ito 15:48.17 10
Women
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
500 m Ryoko Onozawa 46.70 21
Sachiko Saito 45.35 9
1000 m Ryoko Onozawa 1:36.99 28
Sachiko Saito 1:35.12 18
Emiko Taguchi 1:34.40 15
1500 m Kaname Ide 2:28.34 18
Emiko Taguchi 2:28.19 17
Satomi Koike 2:25.16 11
3000 m Akiko Aruga 5:22.60 18
Kaname Ide 5:17.30 16
Satomi Koike 5:09.21 12

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