Masahiko Harada

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Masahiko Harada
原田 雅彦
Country  Japan
Full name 原田 雅彦
Born (1968-05-09) 9 May 1968 (age 49)
Kamikawa, Japan
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Personal best 197 m (646 ft)
Planica, 18-21 March 1999
World Cup career
Seasons 19871988
19902003
Individual wins 9
Team wins 3
Indiv. podiums 21
Team podiums 7
Yellow bibs 10
Indiv. starts 211
Team starts 13
Updated on 10 February 2016.

Masahiko Harada (原田 雅彦?, Harada Masahiko) (born 9 May 1968) is a Japanese former ski jumper. He is best remembered for a meltdown at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, which cost the Japanese national team a victory, and his subsequent redemption at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano; the latter of which led to him being affectionately called "Happy Harada".[1]

Career[edit]

At the 1994 games, the Japanese team had a nearly insurmountable lead heading into the last jump of the large hill. Harada, the team's anchor, had jumped 122 meters in his previous attempt and needed only 105 meters in his final jump to clinch the gold for Japan. His jump was just shy of 97,5 meters and dropped Japan to second, with the gold going to the German team.[2]

Four years later Harada would again have his chance to deliver his team a gold, this time in his home country. His first jump of 79.5 meters knocked his team from first to fourth and brought back memories of Lillehammer. Then, on his second attempt he delivered an Olympic-record tying 137 meter jump. His teammate Kazuyoshi Funaki would then close out the event with a 125 meter jump, clinching the first Olympic ski jumping gold medal for Japan since the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo.

Along with the team gold, Harada also captured bronze in Nagano in the individual large hill after a 136 meter final jump that pushed up him from sixth to third.

Harada has competed in five of the Olympic Games. In addition to the Lillehammer and Nagano games, he competed in Albertville in 1992, Salt Lake City in 2002 and Turin in 2006.

He is a two-time FIS Nordic World Ski Championships winner (1993: individual normal hill, 1997: individual large hill), and also won three silvers (1997: Individual normal hill, 1997, 1999: Team large hill) and one bronze (1999: Individual normal hill) as well.

Olympic normal hill individual competition in Pragelato on 11 February 2006 was the last highly ranked official event where he participated - who won 2 Olympic medals in Nagano and 1 in Lillehammer - and it was after over 3 years break from participating in Ski jumping World Cup. Unfortunately for him, he was disqualified in the qualifying and did not compete in the final. Later he started only in FIS Cup event in Sapporo.[3][4]

On July 12, 2006, Harada was appointed Ambassador to the 2007 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Sapporo, Japan by the organizing committee. The 2007 Championships ran February 22-March 4, 2007.

World Cup[edit]

Standings[edit]

Season Overall 4H SF NT JP
1986/87 85 N/A N/A N/A
1987/88 80 N/A N/A N/A
1989/90 52 N/A N/A N/A
1990/91 61 N/A N/A
1991/92 29 N/A N/A
1992/93 16 6 N/A N/A
1993/94 15 21 N/A N/A
1994/95 59 64 N/A N/A
1995/96 5 18 N/A 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
1996/97 29 42 13 24
1997/98 4 10 21 13 2nd, silver medalist(s)
1998/99 9 8 8 18 9
1999/00 11 6 15 53 11
2000/01 26 21 50 53 N/A
2001/02 38 31 N/A 59 N/A
2002/03 N/A N/A

Wins[edit]

No. Season Date Location Hill Size
1 1995/96 8 December 1995 Austria Villach Villacher Alpenarena K90 NH
2 18 February 1996 United States Iron Mountain Pine Mountain Ski Jump K120 LH
3 1 March 1996 Finland Lahti Salpausselkä K90 (night) NH
4 3 March 1996 Finland Lahti Salpausselkä K114 LH
5 1997/98 8 December 1997 Austria Villach Villacher Alpenarena K90 NH
6 12 December 1997 Czech Republic Harrachov Čerťák K90 NH
7 21 December 1997 Switzerland Engelberg Gross-Titlis-Schanze K120 LH
8 11 January 1998 Austria Ramsau Mattenschanze K90 NH
9 13 March 1998 Norway Trondheim Granåsen K120 LH

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Masahiko Harada – From Meltdown to Marvelous". olympics30.com. Retrieved 2015-05-13.
  2. ^ John Walters (February 4, 1998). "1998 Nagano Olympics-Masahiko Harada". Sports Illustrated. 
  3. ^ http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/613.html?sector=JP&competitorid=23321&type=result&rec_start=0&limit=50
  4. ^ "Torino 2006 Official Report - Ski Jumping" (PDF). Torino Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. March 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2009.