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Yukio Kasaya

Full name: Yukio Kasaya
Original name: 笠谷 幸生
Gender: Male
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: August 17, 1943 in Yoichi, Hokkaido, Japan
Affiliations: Meiji University/Nikka Whisky Distilling
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Ski Jumping

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Japan had competed at the Winter Olympic Games since 1928 but only one competitor, alpine skier Chiharu Igaya, had ever returned home as the proud possessor of an Olympic medal. With the 1972 Winter Games about to be hosted by Sapporo the Japanese public looked to Yukio Kasaya to challenge for an Olympic title. Kasaya’s credentials were impressive as, two years earlier, he had become the first from his nation to win a medal at the World Nordic Skiing Championship and he arrived in Sapporo on the back of a string of victories on the European circuit. Kasaya would have been an overwhelming favourite to win the 1972 Four Hills tournament had he not missed the final event to prepare for the Olympics back home in Japan.

After the disappointment of the Japanese performances in men’s 500m speed skating, the expectation of the home supporters was focussed on the home ski jumpers. Instead of crumbling under the ferocious pressure Kasaya literally flew away with the title. He led the field in both rounds and spearheaded an unprecedented 1-2-3 for the Japanese jumpers. Unsurprisingly he was feted as a national hero for his achievement. Having already competed in 1964 and 1968, Kasaya continued on to appear at a fourth Olympics in Innsbruck though with no great success. He twice (1976 & 1998) had the honour of carrying the Olympic flag at the Opening Ceremony of a Winter Games.

Results

Men's Normal Hill, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS D DP SP J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Japan Final Standings 23 200.6
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Japan Jump 1 24 97.5 73.5 51.0 46.5 15.5 16.0 16.0 15.0 14.5
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Japan Jump 2 15 101.4 74.5 52.4 49.0 16.0 17.0 17.0 15.5 16.0
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Japan Jump 3 21T 99.2 73.5 51.7 47.5 16.0 16.0 16.5 15.5 15.5
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Ski Jumping Japan Final Standings 23 196.4
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Ski Jumping Japan Jump 1 39T 95.4 71.0 50.4 45.0 15.5 15.0 15.0 15.0 15.0
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Ski Jumping Japan Jump 2 11 101.0 72.0 52.0 49.0 16.5 15.5 16.0 16.5 16.5
1972 Winter 28 Sapporo Ski Jumping Japan Final Standings 1 244.2
1972 Winter 28 Sapporo Ski Jumping Japan Jump 1 1 OB 126.6 84.0 69.6 57.0 19.0 19.0 19.0 18.5 19.0
1972 Winter 28 Sapporo Ski Jumping Japan Jump 2 1 117.6 79.0 61.6 56.0 19.0 18.5 18.5 19.0 18.5
1976 Winter 32 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Japan Final Standings 16T 224.0
1976 Winter 32 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Japan Jump 1 14 114.1 78.0 61.6 52.5 17.5 17.5 17.5 17.5 17.5
1976 Winter 32 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Japan Jump 2 20T 109.9 76.0 58.4 51.5 16.5 17.0 17.5 17.5 17.0

Men's Large Hill, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS D DP SP J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Japan Final Standings 11 206.7
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Japan Jump 1 14T 101.6 87.0 50.6 51.0 17.5 17.0 17.0 17.0 16.5
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Japan Jump 2 9 105.1 86.0 53.6 51.5 17.5 17.0 16.5 18.0 17.0
1964 Winter 20 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Japan Jump 3 37T 85.9 70.0 39.4 46.5 16.0 16.0 15.5 15.0 14.0
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Ski Jumping Japan Final Standings 20T 191.1
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Ski Jumping Japan Jump 1 23 97.3 91.0 48.8 48.5 16.5 16.0 16.0 16.0 16.5
1968 Winter 24 Grenoble Ski Jumping Japan Jump 2 19T 93.8 88.5 45.3 48.5 16.5 16.0 16.0 16.0 16.5
1972 Winter 28 Sapporo Ski Jumping Japan Final Standings 7 209.4
1972 Winter 28 Sapporo Ski Jumping Japan Jump 1 2 124.9 106.0 68.4 56.5 18.5 19.0 19.0 18.5 19.0
1972 Winter 28 Sapporo Ski Jumping Japan Jump 2 30 84.5 85.0 39.0 45.5 15.5 15.0 15.0 15.0 16.0
1976 Winter 32 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Japan Final Standings 17 192.3
1976 Winter 32 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Japan Jump 1 20 95.9 86.0 47.4 48.5 16.0 16.0 16.5 17.0 15.0
1976 Winter 32 Innsbruck Ski Jumping Japan Jump 2 12 96.4 86.0 47.4 49.0 16.5 16.0 15.5 17.0 16.5