• Short Summary

    The 1972 Winter Olympic Gold Medallist, Yukio Kasaya, and five other men were selected to represent Japan in the ski-jumping events at the Innsburck Winter Olympics, after a two-day International Ski-Jumping competition which ended in Sapporo on Sunday (11 January).

    32-year-old Kasaya won his country's first ever gold medal at the Winter Olympics when he shocked the experts to take the short 70-metre (about 230 feet) jump in Sapporo in 1972.

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    The 1972 Winter Olympic Gold Medallist, Yukio Kasaya, and five other men were selected to represent Japan in the ski-jumping events at the Innsburck Winter Olympics, after a two-day International Ski-Jumping competition which ended in Sapporo on Sunday (11 January).

    32-year-old Kasaya won his country's first ever gold medal at the Winter Olympics when he shocked the experts to take the short 70-metre (about 230 feet) jump in Sapporo in 1972.

    The Japanese completed an historic clean-sweep of that event, when their jumpers also picked up the silver and bronze medals.

    Innsburck will be Kasaya's fourth Olympic appearance and he is firmly favoured to retain his title.

    He will be joined by Akitsugu Konno...the 1972 silver medallist....Hiroshi Itagaki, Minoru Wakasa, Takasa, Takao Ito and Koji Kauta when the 72-member Japanese team flies out in two week's time.

    SYNOPSIS: Sapporo, Japan, was the scene of a two-day international ski-jumping meeting which began on Saturday. The competition was used by Japanese selectors to pick their team for the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics. One man was virtually assured of automatic selection...Yukio Kasaya, a 32-year-old salesman and the man who won his country's first ever Winter Olympic Gold Medal, in Sapporo in 1972.

    Kasaya and five other men will make up Japan's ski-jumping team. Of the younger brigade, Takao Ito, a 23-year-old, is held in high regard by local experts and has been given his chance in the team. He's joined by three other young jumpers...Hiroshi Itagaki, Minoru Wakasa and Koji Kauta.

    Akitsugu Konno is another member of the team who is expected to do well. he filled second place and gained the silver medal in the short seventy metre jump at Sapporo in 1972.

    But all Japanese eyes will be on this man in Innsbruck next month. Yukio Kasaya..the current Olympic seventy-metre jump champion, and his country's best hope for a medal.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1FSZGXA39VA9JRST29X5941RS
    Media URN:
    VLVA1FSZGXA39VA9JRST29X5941RS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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