The Japanese ski jumping legend Takanobu Okabe has
decided to end his long career after this season.
The 43-year-old will make his final jumps on March
21st and 22nd at domestic competitions in Sapporo.
After that the plans to start working as a coach
for the Snow Brand Ski Team.
"Actually I wanted to continue ski jumping,
but the young athletes are better now. It's time
for the next generation", said Okabe.
Okabe competed in the World Cup for the first time
in December 1989 in Sapporo and he took a total
of five wins in the World Cup, the last one in March
2009 in Kuopio.
1995 he won the World Championship title on the
normal hill in Thunder Bay (CAN), at the Winter
Olympic Games 1998 in Nagano (JPN) he won Gold with
the team. In addition to that, Takanobu Okabe won
five more medals in team competitions at World Championships
and Olympic Games.