Japan's ski-jump gold-medal hopefuls were hard at work on Sunday (23 January) training for the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo.
LV Sapporo City ZOOM BACK TO Ski jumps
SV Skier down ramp and landing (2 shots)
SV Another skier down and landing
SV Other jumper arriving at end of run
SV Skier down course and comes to halt at finish
SV Crowd watch
GV Skier down ramp and finishing.
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Background: Japan's ski-jump gold-medal hopefuls were hard at work on Sunday (23 January) training for the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo. With the start of the Olympics on February 3, the team were practising at the Mt. Okura 90 metre (295 feet) site in Sapporo. Among the jumpers was 28-year-old Yukio Kasaya who beat all other Japanese competitors with a jump of 338 feet (103 metres) -- the longest without a fall. Kasaya swept to international fame earlier this month with a series of wins in European competition, but his recent performances in Japan had failed to come up to par.
SYNOPSIS: Japan is pinning its gold medal hopes in the Sapporo Winter Olympics on speed skating, cross country events, and ski jumping. And on Sunday, their ski jump team was hard at work practicing for the opening on February third. These men were testing their skills at the Mt. Okura 90-metre jump.
One of the most heartening things for the Japanese was the fact that their jump star, twenty-eight-year-old Yukio Kasaya, showed he'd overcome his recent slump. He became internationally-famous earlier this month with a series of wins in European competition. But more recent performances in Japan had failed to come up to par. But on Saturday his was the best jump.
The crowd watched his jump one hundred and three metres-without a fall. And now it's hoped he can better his successful performances including those in last year's pre-Olympics.