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Ski jumper Sara Takanashi - the young star continues to shine

Ski jumper Sara Takanashi - the young star continues to shine
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13/02/2014

She may have missed a medal, but Japanese ski jumper Sara Takanashi says she will not give up trying for her country.

The athlete, who was first seen at the Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012, was a favourite to win this week in the first women’s ski jumping event to be held at the Olympic Winter Games.  She talks to Young Reporter Sonali Prasad about her fourth-place finish and how her nerves were her biggest enemy.

"I came here wanting to do my best. I’m incredibly disappointed I couldn’t jump the way I wanted to on both attempts. I have realised my mental weakness.”

The skier was inconsolable when her final results were announced.
 
“It’s not just me that is disappointed - look at how many people have supported me in my journey; I was thinking about all of them. Clearly something was different tonight, but it was nice to be on the stage. My nerves cost me my medal.”

Takanashi’s young career has had an exceptional start in a sport that is so new to the Olympic programme. After winning gold at the Innsbruck Youth Olympic Games, she went onto win 10 of the 13 World Cup events this season. Now she wants to put Sochi behind her and is already focusing on PyeongChang 2018.

“The fighter in me will fight till the very end, I want to come back to the Olympics a much more polished ski jumper and do my country proud.”

“There is nothing I want to do except for ski jumping. My career has been developing with the whole ski jumping movement in Japan. I’m grateful to everyone who’s helped me.”

Germany’s Carina Vogt claimed the gold with a total of 247.4 points. Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz took the silver with 246.2, while France’s Coline Mattel earned the bronze with 245.2.

Sonali Prasad

Lillehammer 2016 Photos

  • Alpine Skiing Training session

    Hafjell Olympic Slope during trainning for mens and women's salom. Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway, 11 February 2016.

  • Figure Skating Training session

    Elizabet Tursynbaeva Kaz during Figure Skating practice at The Hamar Olympic Hall Viking Ship during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway, 11 February 2016.

  • Alpine Skiing Training session

    Hafjell Olympic Slope during trainning for mens and women's salom. Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway, 11 February 2016.

  • Hamar Olympic Hall

    A view of Hamar Olympic Hall, venue for Speed Skating events of the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, captured on 11 February 2016. The venue was built as the Speed Skating rink for the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympic Games and designed to resemble an upturned Viking ship.

  • Cross-Country Skiing Training session

    Athletes train at the Birkebeineren Cross Country Stadium before the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway, 11 February 2016.

  • Ice Hockey Training session

    NOR Women's Ice Hockey team seen during a practice at Youth Hall before the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway, 11 February 2016.

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