Ski Jumping: Takanashi Steels Herself For World Championships Update

Ski jumping: Takanashi steels herself for world championshipsNewly crowned overall ski jumping World Cup champion Sara Takanashi will aim for her first gold medal at the Nordic skiing world championships on Friday.

In an official practice on Thursday, the 16-year-old phenom had a leap of 101 meters to move into first place, but she could only manage 92.5 meters on her second attempt, leaving her in fifth.

Ski Jumping: Takanashi Wins Overall World Cup Title

Ski jumping: Takanashi wins overall World Cup titleJapanese teenager Sara Takanashi became the youngest ever winner of an overall World Cup skiing crown Sunday, claiming the women's ski jumping title with her fourth consecutive victory and eighth of the season.

Ski Jumping: Takeuchi Takes Personal-best 2nd At World Cup

Ski Jumping: Takeuchi takes personal-best 2nd at World CupJapanese ski jumper Taku Takeuchi claimed a personal World Cup best with his second-place finish at a meet in Germany on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Takeuchi, whose only previous podium finish came at Innsbruck in January 2012, landed jumps of 133.5 and 130.5 meters to score 254.6 points.

Ski Jumping: World Cup Postponed To Sunday As Part Of Doubleheader

Ski jumping: World Cup postponed to Sunday as part of doubleheaderSaturday's ski jumping World Cup competition was completely cancelled after strong winds continued to howl at Zao ski resort in Yamagata Prefecture.

Sunday will feature a doubleheader, with the first competition starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday's official training had also been cancelled because of heavy snowfall.

Ski Jumping: Takanashi 5th In Sapporo World Cup Jump

Japanese teenager Sara Takanashi finished fifth in Sunday's World Cup Ski jumping: Takanashi 5th in Sapporo World Cup jumpwomen's ski jumping event at Miyamori hill in Hokkaido.

The 16-year-old local product landed a pair of 86-meter jumps to amass 225.4 points as she missed a World Cup podium finish for the second straight day and the third time this season.

Ski Jumping: Strong Winds Strand Takanashi In 12th Place

Ski jumping: Strong winds strand Takanashi in 12th placeJapanese phenomenon Sara Takanashi finished 12th in a women's World Cup meet on Saturday for her worst placing in over a year.

The second jump was delayed and eventually canceled due to high winds at Sapporo's Miyanomori-Schanze's K-90 normal hill. The 16-year-old Takanashi, who leads the World Cup standings and has four individual gold medals on the circuit this season, earned 99.1 points from an 85-meter jump. She had no chance to move up in the standings when the second jump was canceled.

World Cup Leader Takanashi Wins Women's Ski Jump Event

World Cup leader Takanashi wins women's ski jump eventSara Takanashi of Japan won her fourth women's ski jump event of the season to extend her lead in the World Cup standings on Sunday.

The 16-year-old Takanashi was third after a first jump of 98 meters but soared to 105 with her next to win with 247.5 points overall.