Noriaki Kasai

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Noriaki Kasai
葛西 紀明
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Country  Japan
Full name 葛西 紀明
Born (1972-06-06) 6 June 1972 (age 45)
Shimokawa, Hokkaido, Japan
Height 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Ski club Tsuchiya Home Ski Team
Personal best 241.5 m (792 ft)
Vikersund, 19 March 2017
World Cup career
Seasons 19891994
1996–present
Individual wins 17
Team wins 3
Indiv. podiums 63
Team podiums 17
Indiv. starts 528 World Record
Team starts 63 World Record
Nordic titles 1 (1999)
Updated on 26 March 2017.

Noriaki Kasai (葛西 紀明, Kasai Noriaki, born 6 June 1972) is a Japanese ski jumper. He is a 1992 ski flying world champion and 1999 Nordic Tournament winner. In 2016, he was honoured with a Guinness World Records certificate for the most World Cup individual starts not just in ski jumping but in all world cup disciplines run by the International Ski Federation.[1]

He currently holds the record of 528 individual starts and has been competing in his 28th season in the World Cup in four different decades: the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. He holds the world record for the longest jump for athletes over 35 old with 241.5 meters (792 ft), which he set in 2017. He has the record number of appearances in ski jumping at the olympics, the Nordic world championships and the ski flying world championships. He is the oldest ski jumping Olympic medalist at 41 years and 256 days old,[2] the oldest individual World Cup winner at 42 years and 176 days old,[3] the oldest ski jumper on World Cup individual podium, and the oldest World Cup performer ever at 44 years and 293 days old.

Career[edit]

1988: World Cup debut[edit]

Kasai made his World Cup debut on 17 December 1988 in Sapporo, Japan at the age of 16 reaching 31st place. A year later he performed in his first Nordic World Championships in Lahti, Finland.

1992: World champion[edit]

He won his first and to date only major championship at the FIS Ski Flying World Championships 1992 in Harrachov, Czechoslovakia. He won after a second day of competition which was cancelled after strong winds and a crash of Christof Duffner (albeit also counting for world cup points). At that time he was among the world's top jumpers, known for his extraordinary style, holding his body almost flat between his skis.

1994: Olympic team medal[edit]

In 1994, he was a member of the Japanese national team that won a silver medal in the team large hill and finished 5th in the individual large hill at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. After breaking his shoulder he missed the entire 1994/95 season.

1999: Nordic Tournament[edit]

Kasai also won the prestigious ski jumping competition at the Holmenkollen Ski Festival and Nordic Tournament overall in 1999. He collected a total of seven medals at the Nordic World Championships, including two silver (team large hill: 1999, 2003) and five bronzes (individual normal hill in 2003; individual large hill in 2003; team large hill in 2007 and 2009; and mixed team normal hill in 2015). At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, he finished 8th on the large hill and 17th on the normal hill.

2014: Oldest Olympic medalist[edit]

At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi he competed in a record seventh Olympics and took the silver medal in the large hill individual and the bronze in team large hill, becoming the oldest ski jumper ever to take a medal at the winter Olympics.

On 29 November 2014 Kasai became the oldest world cup winner when he shared the victory with Switzerland's Simon Ammann in Ruka, Finland. This has been his last win to date and he currently stands at 17 World Cup wins.

On 22 February 2015 Kasai won the bronze medal in FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2015 at the mixed team event and became the oldest medalist at the Nordic world ski championships. He performed for a record 12th time in this competition.

2016: 500th World Cup start[edit]

On 4 March 2016 he was on a World Cup podium in Wisła at the age of 43 years and 272 days, which is a record for the oldest contestant to mount the podium in ski jumping history.[4] On 17 March 2016 in Planica, he reached his 500th individual start in the World Cup.[5]

World Cup[edit]

Standings[edit]

Season Overall 4H SF RA NT JP
1988/89 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1989/90 24 19 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1990/91 73 N/A N/A N/A
1991/92 9 7 N/A N/A N/A
1992/93 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) N/A N/A N/A
1993/94 6 4 19 N/A N/A N/A
1995/96 36 10 26 N/A N/A 36
1996/97 17 24 23 N/A 11 15
1997/98 10 24 13 N/A 4 10
1998/99 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) N/A 1st, gold medalist(s) 4
1999/00 15 20 10 N/A 9 14
2000/01 4 12 8 N/A 23 N/A
2001/02 23 31 N/A N/A 20 N/A
2002/03 13 23 N/A N/A 6 N/A
2003/04 8 8 N/A N/A 10 N/A
2004/05 16 11 N/A N/A 26 N/A
2005/06 21 9 N/A N/A 15 N/A
2006/07 26 34 N/A N/A 20 N/A
2007/08 34 34 N/A N/A 30 N/A
2008/09 15 13 20 N/A 13 N/A
2009/10 17 11 N/A 8 N/A
2010/11 25 31 31 N/A N/A N/A
2011/12 51 33 45 N/A N/A N/A
2012/13 24 42 17 N/A N/A N/A
2013/14 5 5 2nd, silver medalist(s) N/A N/A N/A
2014/15 6 4 4 N/A N/A N/A
2015/16 8 7 5 N/A N/A N/A
2016/17 15 29 4 8 N/A N/A

Wins[edit]

No. Season Date Location Hill Size
1 1991/92 22 March 1992 Czechoslovakia Harrachov Čerťák K180 FH
2 1992/93 1 January 1993 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K107 LH
3 23 January 1993 Italy Predazzo Trampolino dal Ben K120 LH
4 6 March 1993 Finland Lahti Salpausselkä K90 NH
5 1993/94 9 January 1994 Austria Murau Hans-Walland Großschanze K120 LH
6 1997/98 22 March 1998 Slovenia Planica Bloudkova velikanka K120 LH
7 1998/99 3 January 1999 Austria Innsbruck Bergiselschanze K120 LH
8 29 January 1999 Germany Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze K120 LH
9 31 January 1999 Germany Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze K120 LH
10 9 March 1999 Norway Trondheim Granåsen K120 (night) LH
11 14 March 1999 Norway Oslo Holmenkollbakken K115 LH
12 21 March 1999 Slovenia Planica Velikanka bratov Gorišek K185 FH
13 2000/01 1 January 2001 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen Große Olympiaschanze K115 LH
14 2002/03 9 February 2003 Germany Willingen Mühlenkopfschanze K120 LH
15 2003/04 28 February 2004 United States Park City Utah Olympic Park K120 LH
16 2013/14 11 January 2014 Austria Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf Kulm HS200 FH
17 2014/15 29 November 2014 Finland Kuusamo Rukatunturi HS142 LH

Individual starts (528)[edit]

Kasai was three times on the starting list but did not start; at Bischofshofen in 1997, Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1998 and Lahti in 2014.

Season 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Points
1988/89 Thunder Bay Thunder Bay Lake Placid Lake Placid Sapporo Sapporo Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Liberec Harrachov Oberhof Oberhof Chamonix Oslo Örnsköldsvik Harrachov Planica Planica 0
31 26
1989/90 Thunder Bay Thunder Bay Lake Placid Lake Placid Sapporo Sapporo Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Harrachov Liberec Zakopane St.Moritz Gstaad Engelberg Predazzo Predazzo Lahti Lahti Örnsköldsvik Solleftea Raufoss Planica Planica 43
27 18 9 7 20 40 26 15 16 30 18 26 51 7 24 7 10 14 28 50 22 68
1990/91 Lake Placid Lake Placid Thunder Bay Thunder Bay Sapporo Sapporo Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Oberhof Tauplitz Tauplitz Lahti Lahti Bollnaes Falun Trondheim Oslo Planica Planica Strbske Pleso 0
47 39 53 51 61 36 47 57 q q 18
1991/92 Thunder Bay Thunder Bay Sapporo Sapporo Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Predazzo St.Moritz Engelberg Oberstdorf Oberstdorf Lahti Lahti Örnsköldsvik Trondheim Trondheim Oslo Harrachov Planica 115
11 13 11 6 3 6 2 6 60 13 1 7
1992/93 Falun Falun Ruhpolding Sapporo Sapporo Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Predazzo Tauplitz Tauplitz Lahti Lahti Lillehammer Oslo Planica 172
34 7 21 14 43 3 1 3 2 1 1 4 4 4 27
1993/94 Planica Planica Predazzo Courchevel Engelberg Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Murau Liberec Liberec Sapporo Sapporo Lahti Örnsköldsvik Planica Thunder Bay Thunder Bay 562
15 5 31 12 27 14 13 3 2 1 6 5 3 17 19 45 10
1995/96 Lillehammer Lillehammer Villach Planica Predazzo Chamonix Chamonix Oberhof Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Engelberg Engelberg Sapporo Sapporo Zakopane Zakopane Tauplitz Tauplitz Iron Mountain Iron Mountain Kuopio Lahti Lahti Harrachov Falun Oslo 132
37 14 12 9 17 52 35 21 22 17 18 28 q
1996/97 Lillehammer Lillehammer Kuusamo Kuusamo Harrachov Harrachov Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Engelberg Engelberg Sapporo Sapporo Hakuba Willingen Willingen Tauplitz Tauplitz Lahti Kuopio Falun Oslo Planica Planica 351
15 25 7 23 6 18 31 20 12 DNS 16 21 2 18 15 33 11 41 27 27 12 20 q
1997/98 Lillehammer Lillehammer Predazzo Villach Harrachov Engelberg Engelberg Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Ramsau Zakopane Zakopane Oberstdorf Oberstdorf Sapporo Vikersund Vikersund Kuopio Lahti Lahti Falun Trondheim Oslo Planica Planica 720
3 7 7 17 10 4 7 6 DNS 25 30 37 14 3 5 17 8 16 2 30 4 1
1998/99 Lillehammer Lillehammer Chamonix Chamonix Predazzo Oberhof Harrachov Harrachov Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Engelberg Engelberg Zakopane Zakopane Sapporo Sapporo Willingen Willingen Harrachov Kuopio Lahti Trondheim Falun Oslo Planica Planica Planica 1598
5 37 5 6 3 12 13 2 3 3 1 4 3 3 5 11 6 12 1 1 3 5 1 4 1 4 3 1
1999/00 Kuopio Kuopio Predazzo Predazzo Villach Zakopane Zakopane Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Engelberg Engelberg Sapporo Sapporo Hakuba Willingen Willingen Tauplitz Iron Mountain Iron Mountain Lahti Lahti Trondheim Oslo Planica 436
5 13 5 17 16 34 14 47 18 13 17 44 11 8 29 11 31 22 30 42 8 18 7 17 5
2000/01 Kuopio Kuopio Kuopio Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Harrachov Harrachov Park City Hakuba Sapporo Sapporo Willingen Willingen Oberstdorf Oberstdorf Falun Trondheim Oslo Planica 728
48 2 18 2 1 3 44 7 11 18 4 10 4 7 4 18 6 8 44 19 18
2001/02 Kuopio Kuopio Neustadt Neustadt Villach Engelberg Engelberg Predazzo Predazzo Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Willingen Zakopane Zakopane Hakuba Sapporo Lahti Falun Trondheim Oslo 219
19 23 25 21 7 25 30 q 37 28 20 15 8 3 22 25 28
2002/03 Kuusamo Kuusamo Trondheim Trondheim Neustadt Neustadt Engelberg Engelberg Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Liberec Zakopane Zakopane Hakuba Sapporo Sapporo Tauplitz Tauplitz Willingen Willingen Oslo Lahti Lahti Planica Planica 548
12 22 11 9 19 17 20 17 21 22 13 39 9 10 22 10 10 12 1 5 6 16 36 7
2003/04 Kuusamo Kuusamo Trondheim Neustadt Engelberg Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Liberec Liberec Zakopane Zakopane Hakuba Sapporo Sapporo Oberstdorf Willingen Park City Lahti Kuopio Lillehammer Oslo 631
12 18 21 6 10 5 6 6 11 49 8 2 3 15 1 9 11 16 16
2004/05 Kuusamo Kuusamo Trondheim Trondheim Harrachov Harrachov Engelberg Engelberg Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Willingen Tauplitz Tauplitz Neustadt Neustadt Zakopane Zakopane Sapporo Sapporo Pragelato Lahti Kuopio Lillehammer Oslo Planica Planica 416
6 6 14 9 11 5 10 25 15 15 20 10 13 34 22 9 7 18 25 29 27 31 39 31
2005/06 Kuusamo Kuusamo Lillehammer Lillehammer Harrachov Harrachov Engelberg Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Sapporo Sapporo Zakopane Zakopane Willingen Lahti Kuopio Lillehammer Oslo Planica Planica 249
q 41 32 21 38 39 19 13 12 9 11 24 4 21 19 19 13 14 31 28
2006/07 Kuusamo Lillehammer Lillehammer Engelberg Engelberg Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Vikersund Zakopane Oberstdorf Oberstdorf Titisee-Neustadt Titisee-Neustadt Klingenthal Willingen Lahti Kuopio Oslo Oslo Planica Planica Planica 182
50 q 3 28 42 33 15 17 15 19 36 9 12 37 28 24
2007/08 Kuusamo Trondheim Trondheim Villach Villach Engelberg Engelberg Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Bischofshofen Bischofshofen Predazzo Predazzo Harrachov Zakopane Zakopane Sapporo Sapporo Liberec Liberec Willingen Kuopio Kuopio Lillehammer Oslo Planica Planica 122
11 15 17 26 11 q 25 39 30 q q 25 42 25 19 34 27 35 35 27 q 32
2008/09 Kuusamo Trondheim Trondheim Pragelato Pragelato Engelberg Engelberg Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Tauplitz Tauplitz Zakopane Zakopane Whistler Whistler Sapporo Willingen Klingenthal Oberstdorf Lahti Kuopio Lillehammer Vikersund Planica Planica 409
47 33 q 29 6 q 19 17 16 6 19 9 12 3 21 34 5 9 6 28 7
2009/10 Kuusamo Lillehammer Lillehammer Engelberg Engelberg Engelberg Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Bad Mitterndorf Bad Mitterndorf Sapporo Sapporo Zakopane Zakopane Oberstdorf Klingenthal Willingen Lahti Kuopio Lillehammer Oslo 344
10 49 30 13 15 35 13 13 9 19 6 2 11 16 9 19
2010/11 Kuusamo Kuopio Lillehammer Lillehammer Engelberg Engelberg Engelberg Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Harrachov Harrachov Sapporo Sapporo Zakopane Zakopane Zakopane Willingen Klingenthal Oberstdorf Vikersund Vikersund Lahti Planica Planica 197
24 16 27 29 35 29 46 22 21 22 11 14 27 25 5 25 DQ 18 25 20 25 q
2011/12 Kuusamo Lillehammer Lillehammer Harrachov Harrachov Engelberg Engelberg Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Bad Mitterndorf Bad Mitterndorf Zakopane Zakopane Sapporo Sapporo Predazzo Predazzo Willingen Oberstdorf Lahti Trondheim Oslo Planica Planica 45
35 29 36 56 15 33 42 q 32 29 24 24 23 28
2012/13 Lillehammer Lillehammer Kuusamo Krasnaja Polana Krasnaja Polana Engelberg Engelberg Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Wisła Zakopane Sapporo Sapporo Vikersund Vikersund Harrachov Harrachov Klingenthal Oberstdorf Lahti Kuopio Trondheim Oslo Planica Planica 328
19 10 7 20 30 25 24 q 41 34 23 11 19 9 19 12 12 4 4
2013/14 Klingenthal Kuusamo Lillehammer Lillehammer Titisee-Neustadt Titisee-Neustadt Engelberg Engelberg Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Tauplitz Tauplitz Wisła Zakopane Sapporo Sapporo Willingen Willingen Falun Lahti Lahti Kuopio Trondheim Oslo Planica Planica 1062
27 5 10 4 6 3 6 6 7 5 1 3 3 6 4 4 3 DNS 9 8 3 4 6 5
2014/15 Klingenthal Kuusamo Kuusamo Lillehammer Lillehammer Nizhny Tagil Nizhny Tagil Engelberg Engelberg Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Tauplitz Wisła Zakopane Sapporo Sapporo Willingen Willingen Titisee-Neustadt Titisee-Neustadt Vikersund Vikersund Lahti Kuopio Trondheim Oslo Oslo Planica Planica 1137
6 3 1 11 17 8 8 3 2 5 8 9 6 8 9 9 5 11 3 5 5 13 10 4 2 5 8
2015/16 Klingenthal Lillehammer Lillehammer Nizhny Tagil Nizhny Tagil Engelberg Engelberg Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Willingen Zakopane Sapporo Sapporo Oslo Trondheim Vikersund Vikersund Lahti Lahti Kuopio Almaty Almaty Wisła Titisee-Neustadt Planica Planica Planica 909
5 30 17 3 10 5 12 7 9 4 3 3 3 7 10 7 16 14 10 7 3 12 6 7 4
2016/17 Kuusamo Kuusamo Klingenthal Lillehammer Lillehammer Engelberg Engelberg Oberstdorf Garmisch-Partenkirchen Innsbruck Bischofshofen Wisła Wisła Zakopane Willingen Oberstdorf Oberstdorf Sapporo Sapporo Pyeongchang Pyeongchang Oslo Trondheim Vikersund Planica Planica 401
18 24 26 32 33 21 21 31 37 10 14 17 17 23 37 14 12 35 50 21 35 13 15 2 4 3

Records[edit]

Personal life[edit]

He was born into a very poor family. He was raised only by his mother to whom he was very attached and has two sisters. In 1997 his mother died in a tragic house fire. He has no particular other hobbies in his life except ski jumping which is his whole life. On 30 January 2016 his wife gave birth to their daughter named Rino.[6][7]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2014 a Finnish garage punk band Van Dammes released a tribute single called "Mr. Noriaki Kasai".[8] Another tribute song was released in January 2015 by Jalle S: "Song for Noriaki Kasai".[9] Also Polish rapper Koldi has written a song about him. "Noriaki Kasai".[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japanese athlete Noriaki Kasai honoured with world record certificates at FIS Ski Jumping World Cup". asahi.com. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Olympics Ski jumping Japan's golden oldie Kasai flys to silver". reuters. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kasai rewrites record book for oldest winner". asahi.com. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "SKI FLYING INDIVIDUAL - PLANICA, 17-20 MARCH 2016" (PDF). fis-ski.com. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Kasai places sixth in 500th World Cup event". japantimes.co.jp. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  6. ^ Noriaki Kasai został ojcem! – skijumping.pl – 31-01-2016
  7. ^ Noriaki Kasai postal očka – zurnal24.si – 02-02-2016
  8. ^ "Van Dammes – Mr. Noriaki Kasai". youtube. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Jalle S: "Song for Noriaki Kasai"". youtube. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Koldi: "Noriaki Kasai"". YouTube. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 

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