Sara TAKANASHI

Japan JPN

Ski Jumping

  • Olympic Medals
    1 B
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Sochi 2014
  • Year of Birth
    1996
Olympic Results

Biography

Sara TAKANASHI

The first woman to win Olympic ski jumping gold, a distinction she achieved at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012, Sara Takanashi just missed out on the medals at Sochi 2014, where she finished fourth. Despite that setback, the Japanese jumper remained the world No1, scoring her 53rd World Cup victory to claim her fourth crystal globe in 2017, aged only 20. A bronze medallist at PyeongChang 2018, she will resume her quest for gold at Beijing 2022.

Trailblazer

Takanashi was born on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, a hotbed of ski jumping and home to Sapporo, the host city of the Olympic Winter Games in 1972. She was encouraged to take up the sport by her father and older brother, themselves both keen ski jumpers.

“I found it was really fun when I jumped. I enjoyed flying like a bird,” recalled Takanashi, who was only 13 when she made her debut in the FIS Continental Cup – the leading ladies’ international competition prior to the introduction of the FIS World Cup.

Two years later in 2012, the Japanese youngster won women’s ski jumping gold at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck (AUT) and then went on to set a new hill record of 110.5m to win the FIS Junior World Championship title in Erzurum (TUR). 

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

PyeongChang 2018

B
Normal Hill, Individual
Normal Hill, Individual Ski Jumping
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sochi 2014

#4
Normal Hill, Individual
Normal Hill, Individual Ski Jumping