Noriaki Kasai: A Man of Records
Following the second World Cup competition in Sapporo on Sunday Noriaki Kasai had a special event to attend: He was honored by Guinness World Records.
The 43-year-old was awarded two official certificates for special achievements in his sport:
One for the most appearances in FIS Nordic World Ski Championships by an individual ski jumper, between 1989 and 2015 he participated in 12 Championships.
The other for the most individual starts in FIS Ski Jumping World Cup competitions. The record on this certificate is at 488, but with the two competitions in Sapporo it is now already at 490 and there probably be many more starts to come.
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These records are not the only ones set by Noriaki Kasai. Together with Russian luger Albert Demchenko he holds the record for the most Winter Olympic appearances by an athlete, both competed in seven Olympic Games.
At the last Olympics in Sochi he became the oldest ski jump medalist at Winter Olympic Games when he won the bronze medal in the team competition at an age of exactly 41 years and 256 days. Two days earlier he had already won silver in the individual competition on the large hill.
Kasai is also the oldest World Cup event winner in ski jumping. He took the last of his 17 wins in November 2014 in Ruka.
"When I was a child I hated losing anytime, anywhere. That must be the secret of my achievement now", he is quoted on guinnessworldrecords.com.
Besides a third and a fourth place in the World Cup in Sapporo and the awards for his records, the true highlight of last weekend for Noriaki Kasai must have been the birth of his first daughter.
"On Saturday at 3:50 in the morning our baby was finally born. She weighed 3060 g! Mother and child are healthy. Our family now has one more member", he wrote on his blog.