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Motohiko Ban

Full name: Motohiko Ban
Original name: 伴 素彦
Gender: Male
Born: January 1, 1905 in [unknown], Kyoto, Japan
Died: September 3, 1998
Affiliations: Hokkaido University
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Ski Jumping


Motohiko Ban was the first Japanese ski jumper to compete in Europe. He won the ski jumping at the All-Japan Ski Championships in 1926 and 1929. Later he became a sports official as president of the All-Japan Student Ski Federation in 1972 and chairman of the All-Japan Ski Federation 1975-1986. He served as head of the Lake Placid Japanese Olympic team in 1980 and received the Olympic Order in silver four years later.

Although born in Kyoto, his family moved to Otaru on the northern island of Hokkaido when he was a child, after his father had been appointed director of the local commercial school. Ban attended the Hokkaido Imperial University Faculty of Agriculture and started working for Nippon Flour Milling Co., Ltd. in 1929. From manager he was promoted to vice-president, president and ultimately, in 1974, chairman. He died six months after the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill, Individual Japan JPN 38

Men's Normal Hill, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS J1S J2S J3S D
1928 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Ski Jumping Japan Final Standings 38 4.000 4.000 3.750 4.250
1928 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Ski Jumping Japan Jump 1 NP fall 34.0
1928 Winter 23 Sankt Moritz Ski Jumping Japan Jump 2 NP 39.0
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