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Kasai makes record 8th appearance in Winter Olympics

Kazuki Wakasugi/The Yomiuri Shimbun

Noriaki Kasai competes at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Thursday.

The Japan News Competition began amid bitter cold at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Thursday, the day before the opening ceremony.

Ski jumping legend Noriaki Kasai competed at his record eighth Winter Olympics when he took off for qualifying for the normal hill.

The 45-year-old Kasai has made the most appearances among any Winter Olympic participants, including foreign athletes.

He has struggled this season, appearing in nine World Cup events with just two top-10 finishes.Speech

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