Noriaki Kasai

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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Mikaela Shiffrin wins Aspen World Cup slalom

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With a slalom win today in Aspen, Colo., Mikaela Shiffrin broke some of the barriers she had been chasing.

“I don’t know if the stars will ever align like that again,” Shiffrin said in a media conference after being told she won with the biggest margin of victory in the history of women’s slalom since 1968: 3.07 seconds. “I don’t think [my competitors] are going to let me get away with three seconds ever again.”

En route to her fourth consecutive slalom World Cup title – which would tie the record for the most with Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider from 1992-95 – she became the first female skier to win four World Cup slalom races in a row since Austria’s Marlies Schild did it in the 2011-12 season.

In addition, Shiffrin became the first female skier from the U.S. to win a slalom World Cup race in Aspen. And she’s now tied with France’s Perrine Pelen for sixth overall with total slalom World Cup victories.

“I was pissed after I made that ridiculous mistake yesterday,” Shiffrin said to media, referencing yesterday’s giant slalom crash. Both her and Lindsey Vonn crashed and did not finish in Aspen’s giant slalom. “I tried to use that anger today.”

Shiffrin called the mistake a “brainfart” and Vonn dismissed it because “giant slalom isn’t [her] strongest event.”

But, Shiffrin added that she already has her mind set on tomorrow, where she races slalom again, on NBC at 3 p.m. ET. The complete of the Olympic sports schedule is here.

“I just as quickly have to go back and settle in,” she said. “Tomorrow is a new race. I have to find a different motivation and try to take the same mentality and keep fighting.”

Slovakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova was second behind Shiffrin, followed by Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter.

By finishing behind Shiffrin in Aspen, Zuzulova extends her slalom World Cup podium finish streak to four.

Hansdotter has the second-most second place World Cup slalom finishes at 13 total, including today’s race. Only Pernilla Wiberg, of Sweden, has more with a total of 14.

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Fencing great Valentina Vezzali fails to qualify for Rio 2016

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TURIN, Italy (AP) – Six-time Olympic champion fencer Valentina Vezzali has failed to qualify for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games.

The 41-year-old Vezzali was eliminated in the second round of the foil event at the Trofeo Inalpi meet Saturday, while Italian teammate Arianna Errigo reached the semifinals and gained the necessary points to qualify.

Vezzali won at least one gold at the last five Olympics in either individual or team foil. She has a total of nine Olympic medals and 25 at world championships.

Her second son was born in 2013, the year in which she also became a member of Italy’s parliament.

Vezzali told the Gazzetta dello Sport this week that “I had another son and it was really difficult to come back. … I don’t think I have anything else to prove.”

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