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Although women have been ski jumping for over 100 years, they have only been allowed to compete on a professional level since 2004, in the Continental Cup.
In 2011 the more elite World Cup featured Women's Ski Jumping for the first time.
Finally, after a lengthy court battle, Women's Ski Jumping was included in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.
In this time, Sara Takanashi has emerged as one of the sport’s greatest champions.
In a sport on the rise, Sara's career has already reached amazing heights and is bound to go higher.
In a sport where athletes literally fly, smaller lighter frames provide some advantage. However, perfect form is the most important factor. Combining natural ability, dedication, and her small stature, Sara was born to own the air.
Born in one of the snowiest places on earth, Sara grew up skiing. The average annual snowfall for Kamikawa, Hokkaido, is 292.5 inches – three times Buffalo, NY.
Born: Kamikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
Wins first victory at Continental Cup in Austria,
setting record for youngest ski jumper to win 1st place
Competes in first World Cup
Wins first World Cup podium finishing in 1st place.
Sets women's record on the Kiremitliktepe Ski Jump (HS109) in Erzurum, Turkey
with 110.5 m at the 2012 FIS Junior World Ski Championships (21 February).
Wins 14 of 18 individual WC events, regaining 1st place ranking
Retains 1st place in FIS rankings. Breaks FIS record with 53 individual wins