Olympics: Kasai Named To 7th Olympic Team Along With Teen Takanashi

Olympics: Kasai named to 7th Olympic team along with teen TakanashiThe Ski Association of Japan announced Tuesday that 41-year-old ski jumper Noriaki Kasai will compete for Japan at next month's Sochi Olympics when the body named seven athletes to the squad.

It will be Kasai's seventh consecutive appearance at the Olympics. Sara Takanashi, a 17-year-old who won last season's women's ski jumping World Cup and is leading this season with five wins and a third place in six individual events, was named to the women's team.

Kasai, who was fifth in Monday's final event at the Four Hills Tournament, is currently seventh in the men's World Cup standings. Daiki Ito joins Kasai to make his third consecutive Japan Olympic team, while Taku Takeuchi will be competing at his second straight Winter Games. Two men will be making their Olympic debut, 20-year-old Reruhi Shimizu and 30-year-old Yuta Watase.