SOCHI: Japanese teenager Sara Takanashi hopes to become the first Olympic Games women’s ski jumping champion on Tuesday as a grueling 10-year battle for the sport’s recognition reaches a golden conclusion.
The 17-year-old World Cup champion has dominated this season to with 10 out of 13 wins.
“I have already decided everything tactically and I’m going to stick to it,” said Takanashi.
“I would like to have more time to adjust to the hill because there are none like this in Japan.”
In training so far in Sochi at the RusSki Gorki normal hill, the youngster has been pushed in to the shade by 30-year-old veteran Daniela Iraschko-Stolz.
The Austrian has won four of the six practice jumps and has also been in demand by the media.
She is an openly gay athlete who got married last autumn.
The US teenager has been touted as a potential medal contender but is still fighting back after a knee operation five months ago.