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Japanese ski jumper Noriaki Kasai makes record seventh Winter Olympics

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Noriaki Kasai wants to know when he’ll be in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Japanese ski jumper was named to a record-breaking seventh Winter Olympic Team on Tuesday.

“Wow, a seventh time,” Kasai said, according to the Japan News. “That’s 22 years. That’s something, huh? Shouldn’t I be in the Guinness Book of World Records soon?”

If he does make it, Kasai would have to share space.

Russian luger Albert Demtschenko is also likely to compete in his seventh Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Kasai first competed at the 1992 Albertville Olympics. The star of the Japanese ski jumping team is women’s gold-medal favorite Sara Takanashi, who was born more than four years after Albertville.

Kasai has won one Olympic medal, a team silver in 1994. He was not chosen for the team event at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, where Japan won gold. His absence was due to injury, according to the Japan Times.

Kasai has a small chance at a medal in Sochi. He was fifth at the prestigious Four Hills in Europe and earlier was the oldest man to make a World Cup ski jumping podium. Japan also took bronze at the one team event so far this season.

“I’ve been in the kind of form where I can say, even at my age, that I am going to aim for a medal,” Kasai said, according to the Japan Times. “I’ve never had another season as good as this.”

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Blake Griffin will miss Olympics, report says

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For the second straight Olympics, Blake Griffin will not be able to join Team USA due to injury, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles Clippers power forward will be out several months due to his left quad injury, according to the newspaper.

Griffin was originally chosen for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team but withdrew due to a torn meniscus, opening a spot for Anthony Davis.

Davis is also expected to miss the Rio Games due to injury.

Other power forwards on the U.S. finalist list released in January are LaMarcus Aldridge, Kenneth Faried, Draymond Green and Kevin Love.

Love is the only name from that list of healthy players with Olympic experience. Faried is the only player from that list who suited up at the 2014 World Cup, starting all nine games.

At London 2012, the U.S. started NBA small forwards LeBron James and Kevin Durant at the forward spots in all eight games, with another small forward, Carmelo Anthony, bringing similar versatility off the bench.

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Rio Olympic cauldron likely to be located near Plaza Maua

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Mayor Eduardo Paes says he wants the Olympic cauldron to burn in Rio de Janeiro’s revitalized port area.

The cauldron will be lit at Maracana Stadium during the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 5, and will spend the night there before traveling to a permanent home.

Mario Andrada, spokesman for the Rio organizing committee, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the cauldron will be placed in the port area, but not in the heart of the renovated port area known as Plaza Maua.

“It will be close to Plaza Maua, but not exactly in Plaza Maua,” Andrada said. He said it was likely to be located near the Candelaria Church, which is near the plaza.

“Don’t get me into a fight with the mayor,” Andrada added.

Paes said he hoped the new plaza would be a center for outdoor entertainment during the Games, including performance stages, musical attractions, and large-screen televisions.

“It seems that the Maracana Stadium has limitations,” Paes said, adding that moving out of the Maracana “is good because it democratizes the access to the cauldron.”

The new plaza and downtown Rio are far from the heart of the Games in suburban Barra da Tijuca. It is also an area not usually visited by tourists.

The Olympic flame arrives from Greece and Switzerland on Tuesday in the capital Brasilia, to be carried off the plane by IOC member Carlos Nuzman, the head of the Rio organizing committee.

The flame then goes to the Planalto presidential palace where it is expected to be greeted by President Dilma Rousseff.

Andrada said IOC President Thomas Bach and other top IOC officials would not be at the ceremony.

Rousseff is facing impeachment charges and could be suspended from office as early as May 11, turning over authority to Vice President Michel Temer.

Temer, himself, could also face impeachment proceedings and has a scandal-tainted career.

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