The Ski Association of Japan announced the official candidates for the ski jumping of the Beijing Olympics to be held next month, and five men, including Ryoyu Kobayashi, who is expected to win a gold medal, were selected.
In addition, four girls, including Sara Takanashi, who won the bronze medal at the previous Pyeongchang tournament, have been nominated as representatives.
The Ski Association of Japan has announced a total of nine athletes, including the men's and women's jumping athletes from the Beijing Olympics, which will start on the 4th of next month, based on the results of the World Cup up to this month and last year's world championships.
Of these, Ryoyu Kobayashi, who is expected to win a gold medal, was selected as the boy.
Kobayashi, who has participated in two consecutive tournaments, won the second overall victory for the first time among Japanese players in the traditional "Jump Week" in which he competes in four games during the year-end and New Year holidays.
If I win a gold medal individually, it will be the first time since Kazuyoshi Funaki of the individual large hill at the Nagano tournament held in 1998.
In addition, Yukiya Sato, who has won a total of two wins in the World Cup, and Daiki Ito, a veteran who has participated in five consecutive tournaments since the Turin tournament, and Junshiro Kobayashi, the brother of Ryoyu Kobayashi, who has participated in two consecutive tournaments. Players and Naoki Nakamura, who participated for the first time, were selected.
The girl is Sara Takanashi, who is the third consecutive tournament in Japan's ace.
Takanashi won the bronze medal at the last Pyeongchang tournament and has won one victory so far in this season's World Cup.
Yuki Ito, who finished 5th in the World Cup last season, is also the third consecutive Olympic Games.
In addition, Kaori Iwabuchi and Yuka Seto, who will both participate in two consecutive tournaments, were also selected.
From this tournament, ski jumping will be a "mixed group" in which two men and two men form a team of four people and compete for the total score.
Ryoyu Kobayashi maintains good performance such as 6 wins in the World Cup
It is a dynamic jump that makes the best use of its high athletic ability, and it also has the strength to make a big jump that exceeds the hill size for the second time when pressure is applied.
His older brother Junshiro, his older sister Shoryu, and his younger brother Tatsunao, who were both nominated for the Olympics, are also jumping players and are also known as "Kobayashi 4 siblings" in the ski world.
In addition, we are actively disseminating information about personal life and competitions on YouTube, a video posting site, saying "I want to make jumping a more major competition."
Yukiya Sato Achievements of 2 World Cup wins
Yukiya Sato is 26 years old from Hokkaido.
This is my first time to participate in the Olympics.
Despite its small height of 1 meter and 61 centimeters, it has produced a stable jump with explosive instantaneous power at the railroad crossing, and won the World Cup for the first time in 2019.
So far, he has won a total of two wins, and has a track record next to Japanese ace Ryoyu Kobayashi.
This season as well, he was in good shape toward the middle of the year, such as finishing 4th in the final round of the annual "Jump Week" during the year-end and New Year holidays.
The member team "Megmilk Snow Brand" is under the guidance of Takanobu Okabe, who was the first jumper when Japan won the gold medal in the Nagano Olympics group. At the Olympic Games, the goal is to win medals as a group rather than as an individual.
Daiki Ito 5th Olympic Games
Daiki Ito is 36 years old from Hokkaido.
Participation in the Olympic Games has a unique trajectory that goes straight through the air from a powerful railroad crossing from
the Turin Games .
At the Sochi tournament, he contributed as an ace to winning the bronze medal in the group while suffering from numerous injuries.
Last season, there were times when the top 30 players couldn't advance to the second time in the World Cup, but this season we have continued to make adjustments toward the fifth Olympic participation, which is our "biggest goal", such as finishing 15th in the first race. I did.
Junshiro Kobayashi, brother of Ace Ryoyu
Junshiro Kobayashi is 30 years old from Hachimantai City, Iwate Prefecture.
Ryoyu Kobayashi, the older brother of Japanese ace, has participated in the Olympic Games for the second time in a row since the Pyeongchang Games.
He was engaged in cross-country skiing and jumping, such as winning the Nordic Combined World Junior Championships when he was a high school student, but he devoted himself to jumping, which he was good at from college. I won my first victory at.
At the Pyeongchang tournament, where the brothers participated for the first time, although they were expected to receive medals, they finished in 24th place individually, and at the Beijing tournament, they said that they would like to adjust their condition toward the podium.
Naoki Nakamura participates in the Olympic Games for the first time
Naoki Nakamura is 25 years old from Sapporo.
The Olympics are my first appearance.
I started jumping in the 5th grade of elementary school and participated in the World Cup for the first time when I was in the 1st grade of college.
Last summer, I went to Europe to practice warriors, saying "I want to raise the level", and practiced on various jumping platforms to develop the ability to fly with any shape of jumping platform. ..
In this season's World Cup, he is steadily improving his ability for the Beijing tournament, such as having a stable jump in the first race and finishing in 4th place, which is his best.
In addition to not belonging to a corporate team, which is rare in the ski world, we are continuing to compete by recruiting sponsors by establishing a company that tackles environmental issues such as global warming.
Sara Takanashi Expectations for the long-sought gold medal of Japanese ace
Sara Takanashi is 25 years old from Hokkaido.
The Olympics are the third consecutive appearance since the Sochi Games.
It is a Japanese ace who won the bronze medal at the last Pyeongchang tournament.
He started jumping when he was 8 years old, and when he was 14 years old, he accumulated victory in domestic competitions and won 8 wins, which attracted attention even though he was a junior high school student.
At the age of 15, he was the first Japanese female player to stand on the podium of the World Cup.
In the 2013-2014 season, he was on the podium at all 18 World Cup tournaments, and at an astonishingly high pace, he was the youngest in the history of the World Cup to win the overall championship at 16 years and 4 months. I have achieved a great achievement.
At the second Pyeongchang Games, he won the bronze medal for the first time at the Olympic Games, but he felt a big wall with the world's strongest players, saying, "You can't win unless you change something." I have recreated the shape of the jump from scratch.
In the first two seasons after starting the remodeling, he only won one win in the World Cup, but he said, "There was a conflict to return to the previous jump, but if I do not change it, I will not be able to keep up with the wave of leveling up the world." I proceeded with determination.
As a result, with 3 wins last season and 1 win this season, both men and women have increased their record of winning the most to 61 wins, and the podium record, which is the highest in history, has also been updated to 110 times.
Takanashi, who continues to lead the world as the first player, is expected to win the gold medal.
Yuki Ito participated in 3 consecutive tournaments
Yuki Ito is 27 years old from Hokkaido.
This is the third consecutive Olympic participation.
I started the competition at the age of 4 due to the influence of my father who is a coach of the local Jump Boy Scouts.
By practicing on a local jumping platform where the slope of the landing part is steeper than a general jumping platform, we have cultivated a stable posture in the air and landing.
He finished 7th in the 2014 Sochi Games, where he participated in the Olympic Games for the first time.
After that, when he won the World Cup for the first time in 2017, he made a big leap, such as winning 5 wins in the World Cup this year and finishing 2nd overall in the individual, and also won the silver medal in the world championship as an individual.
At the last Pyeongchang tournament, he was in the "best" condition and was expected to win a medal, but he remained in 9th place.
For the Beijing Olympics, under the supervision of Noriaki Kasai, who is the director of the team to which he belongs, Pilates will be introduced to increase flexibility while strengthening the core in order to use the body flexibly and jump out at the moment of takeoff. I have been steadily strengthening my strength.
This season, he was forced to struggle, such as not being able to advance to the second time by the top 30 people in the World Cup, but he said, "I've been aiming for four years, so I want to run for that big game." I was working on my goal of participating.
Kaori Iwabuchi's second appearance "to culminate"
Kaori Iwabuchi is 28 years old from Nagano prefecture.
This is the second Olympic participation in two consecutive tournaments since the Pyeongchang Games.
In the sixth grade of elementary school, he turned from ski alpine skiing to jumping and immediately emerged. As a junior high school student, he participated in the continental cup of the lower tournament of the world cup and began to experience the world stage.
When I was a college student, I suffered a serious injury that ruptured the ligaments of both knees and returned after three surgeries.
This season, he has achieved stable results such as finishing in 6th place, which is the highest in the World Cup from the beginning, and for the second Olympics, "I want to make it the culmination of my skiing life. I want to be able to do it. "
Yuka Seto participated in two consecutive tournaments
Yuka Seto is 24 years old from Hokkaido.
This is the second Olympic participation in two consecutive tournaments.
The World Cup first appeared in 2014, with a jump from the run-up at a speed that makes the best use of the physique of 1 meter and 68 centimeters in height.
After that, he gained experience in international competitions and was ranked 5th in the World Cup, which was held as a test competition for the Pyeongchang Olympics.
The Pyeongchang Games, which was the first Olympic Games, was 17th.
This season, he said, "I want to strengthen my spiritual things," and I was in the top 10 in the World Cup for the first time in two seasons.Keywords: