Speed Skating: Kodaira Wins 20th Straight Women's 500

Speed skating: Kodaira wins 20th straight women's 500

Japan's Nao Kodaira continued her imperial form over 500 meters with her 15th career World Cup victory at the distance on Saturday.

Kodaira finished first in 37.07 seconds, while Russia's Angelina Golikova was runner-up, 0.78 second back, and two-time defending Olympic champion Lee Sang Hwa of South Korea (37.95) was third.

Speed Skating: Kodaira Sweeps 500, 1,000 At World Cup

Speed skating: Kodaira sweeps 500, 1,000 at World Cup

Japan's Nao Kodaira on Friday won the women's 500- and 1,000-meter races at the speed skating World Cup.

The wins boosted her total World Cup victories to 14, breaking the Japanese women's record of 12 held by Tomomi Okazaki. Kodaira also triumphed in the women's 1,000 in the opening round held in the Netherlands earlier this month.

Speed Skating: Kodaira Wins 1,000 At World Cup, Takagi Runner-up

Speed Skating: Kodaira wins 1,000 at World Cup, Takagi runner-up

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (Kyodo) -- Japan's Nao Kodaira won the women's 1,000 meters on the final day of the season's first World Cup competition on Sunday, while compatriot Miho Takagi was runner-up.

Kodaira captured her first World Cup victory in the 1,000 with a time of 1 minute, 13.99 seconds while Takagi clocked 1 minute, 14.45 seconds.

Speed Skating: Kodaira Wins Women's Overall Title At Worlds

Speed skating: Kodaira wins women's overall title at worldsNao Kodaira won the overall title on Sunday at the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships, writing her name in the record books as the first Japanese woman to achieve the feat.
The 30-year old Kodaira won three of four races -- two 500 and two 1,000 meter races -- held over two days at the Olympic Oval to be crowned the overall champion while rewriting a world record for total points won with 146.390.

Kodaira--stilts, Plenty Of Toys And Round Mailboxes

KODAIRA--Stilts, plenty of toys and round mailboxes“Look, ‘takeuma’!” a little boy gleefully said as he ran toward a tree. I looked in the direction he was headed thinking I’d see a bamboo horse. To my disappointment, I did not see anything resembling such an animal.
The boy picked up what looked to be stilts made of two poles and mounted them. He grew about 20 centimeters and looked proud of himself. It was then that I whipped out my smartphone to look up the word takeuma. “Yup, stilts,” I said under my breath. What a curious name! I tried finding the etymology but got nowhere--some theories point to Chinese; others to Shinto; and some simply to how the stilts were sometimes decorated or how they look. Oh, well.

Kodaira Finds Winning Formula After Struggling In Netherlands

Kodaira finds winning formula after struggling in NetherlandsTopping the podium at the recent All-Japan speed skating sprint championships, Nao Kodaira was savoring the joy of regaining a title she had once taken for granted.
The 30-year-old won the two-day meet held through Dec. 29, beating Miho Takagi, the young skater who had snapped Kodaira’s winning streak at four the previous year.

Speed Skating: Kodaira Blazes To 3rd Straight Cup 500 Race

Speed skating: Kodaira blazes to 3rd straight Cup 500 raceJapan's Nao Kodaira won her third straight World Cup 500-meters race on Sunday, when she equaled the best domestic time of her career.
Kodaira's 37.75 seconds was good enough to earn her first place at Nagano M-Wave, who turned the cheers from the home crowd to her advantage.