|Full name||原田 雅彦|
9 May 1968 |
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Personal best||197 m (646 ft)
Planica, 18-21 March 1999
|World Cup career|
|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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
|1||1995/96||8 December 1995||Villach||Villacher Alpenarena K90||NH|
|2||18 February 1996||Iron Mountain||Pine Mountain Ski Jump K120||LH|
|3||1 March 1996||Lahti||Salpausselkä K90 (night)||NH|
|4||3 March 1996||Lahti||Salpausselkä K114||LH|
|5||1997/98||8 December 1997||Villach||Villacher Alpenarena K90||NH|
|6||12 December 1997||Harrachov||Čerťák K90||NH|
|7||21 December 1997||Engelberg||Gross-Titlis-Schanze K120||LH|
|8||11 January 1998||Ramsau||Mattenschanze K90||NH|
|9||13 March 1998||Trondheim||Granåsen K120||LH|
- "Masahiko Harada – From Meltdown to Marvelous". olympics30.com. Retrieved 2015-05-13.
- John Walters (February 4, 1998). "1998 Nagano Olympics-Masahiko Harada". Sports Illustrated.
- "Torino 2006 Official Report - Ski Jumping" (PDF). Torino Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. March 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2009.