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, 1999 Nordic Tournament winner and holds many records. 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 International Ski Federation.
He currently holds the record of 499 individual starts and has been competing in his 27th 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 and 40 years old with 240.5 meters (789 ft), which he set and then tied in Vikersund 2015 and Kulm 2016. 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 41y and 256d old, the oldest individual world cup winner at 42y and 176d old, and the oldest ski jumper on world cup individual podium and oldest world cup performer ever at 43y and 280d old. His career has lasted for 27y and 86d.
- 1 Career
- 1.1 World Cup debut (1988)
- 1.2 World champion (1992)
- 1.3 Olympic team medal (1994)
- 1.4 Nordic Tournament (1999)
- 1.5 Oldest Olympic medalist (2014)
- 1.6 Current season (2016)
- 2 World Cup
- 2.1 Standings
- 2.2 Wins
- 2.3 Individual starts (499)
- 3 Records
- 3.1 World Cup
- 3.2 Nordic world championships
- 3.3 Olympics
- 3.4 Ski flying world championships
- 3.5 World record
- 4 Personal life
- 5 In popular culture
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
World Cup debut (1988)
Kasai made his World Cup debut on 17 December 1988 in Sapporo, Japan at age of 16 reaching 31st place. A year later he performed at his first Nordic World Championships in Lahti, Finland.
World champion (1992)
He won his first and to date only major championship at the FIS Ski Flying World Championships 1992 in Harrachov, Czechoslovakia. He won after second day of competiotion wich also counted for world cup points was cancelled after strong wind and crash of Christof Duffner. At that time he was among the world’s top jumpers, known for his extraordinary style, holding his body almost flat between his skis.
Olympic team medal (1994)
In 1994 he was a member of the Japanese national team that won a silver medal in the team large hill and finished at 5th in the individual large hill at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. He had a break in 1994/95 season.
Nordic Tournament (1999)
Kasai also won the prstigius ski jumping competition at the Holmenkollen Ski Festival and Nordic Tournament overall in 1999. He has 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.
Oldest Olympic medalist (2014)
At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi he competed at record seventh Olympics appeareance and took the silver medal in the large hill individual and 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 win with Switzerland’s Simon Ammann in Ruka, Finland. This is his last win and currently stands at 17 World Cup wins.
On 22 February 2015 Kasai took bronze medal in FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2015 at the mixed team event and became the oldest medalist nordic world ski championships. He performed for the record 12th time on this competition.
Current season (2016)
On 4 March 2016 he was on world cup podium in Wisla with 43y and 272d old as the oldest contestant on podium in history. He is jumping on very high level and being top ten in overall whole season breaking records.