Takanobu Okabe

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Takanobu Okabe
岡部 孝信
Takanobu Okabe.jpg
Country  Japan
Full name 岡部 孝信
Born (1970-10-26) 26 October 1970 (age 46)
Shimokawa, Japan
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)
Personal best 217.5 m (714 ft)
Planica, 17 March 2006
World Cup career
Seasons 1990-1991
1993-2003
2005-2010
2012-2014
Individual wins 5
Team wins 2
Indiv. podiums 23
Team podiums 6
Yellow bibs 1
Indiv. starts 215
Team starts 15
Updated on 10 February 2016.

Takanobu Okabe (岡部 孝信, Okabe Takanobu?) (born 26 October 1970) is a Japanese former ski jumper.

Career[edit]

His debut World Cup performance was on 16 December 1989 in Sapporo and at the moment he is the oldest ski jumper in a world of ski jumping. Competing in three Winter Olympics, he won two medals in the team large hill event at the Winter Olympics with a silver in 1994 and a gold in 1998.

Okabe had his biggest successes at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, winning five medals. This included a gold in the individual normal hill (1995), a silver in the team large hill (1997), and three bronzes in the team large hill (1995, 2007, 2009).

Okabe has five individual World Cup victories, three of which came on flying hills. At the time of his latest win in Kuopio on March 10, 2009 he was, at the age of 38 years and 135 days,[1] the oldest ski jumper to ever win a World Cup competition. This record has since been beaten by his compatriot Noriaki Kasai.

On 12 March 2014, the International Ski Federation announced his retirement.

World Cup[edit]

Standings[edit]

Season Overall 4H SF NT JP
1989/90 N/A N/A N/A
1990/91 N/A N/A
1992/93 24 N/A N/A
1993/94 7 13 11 N/A N/A
1994/95 5 19 2nd, silver medalist(s) N/A N/A
1995/96 39 N/A 35
1996/97 4 4 2nd, silver medalist(s) 25 6
1997/98 16 33 6 21 18
1998/99 38 30 37
1999/00 33 31 37 33
2000/01 49 72 N/A
2001/02 59 N/A N/A
2002/03 N/A N/A
2004/05 49 N/A 40 N/A
2005/06 12 6 N/A 14 N/A
2006/07 52 49 N/A 22 N/A
2007/08 63 N/A N/A
2008/09 28 24 N/A
2009/10 82 63 N/A
2011/12 N/A N/A
2012/13 N/A N/A
2013/14 N/A N/A

Wins[edit]

No. Season Date Location Hill Size
1 1996/97 7 December 1996 Finland Kuusamo Rukatunturi K120 (night) LH
2 8 February 1997 Austria Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf Kulm K185 FH
3 22 March 1997 Slovenia Planica Velikanka bratov Gorišek K185 FH
4 1997/98 1 March 1998 Norway Vikersund Vikersundbakken K175 FH
5 2008/09 10 March 2009 Finland Kuopio Puijo HS127 (night) LH

References[edit]

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