KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Noriaki Kasai came close to being the oldest individual gold medal winner at any Winter Olympics on Saturday. Don't worry, he says, he'll be back in four years to try again.
The 41-year-old Kasai won silver in the men's large hill ski jumping event, just edged by Poland's Kamil Stoch in a close final round at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center.
Kasai, whose first Olympics was at Albertville, France in 1992, now has Olympic medals 20 years apart — he won his first, a team silver with Japan in the large hill — in 1994 at Lillehammer, Norway.
"''All these years I was disappointed by the Olympic Games. Today I just had to do it," he said. "I wanted gold but you know it is what it is."
Kasai, who still has a chance to win a team large hill gold with a strong Japanese team here — they had four jumpers finish inside the top 13 Saturday — didn't hesitate when asked about competing at Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018.
"Of course. I want to win. I want the gold medal," he said.
A gold here would have broken a week-old record set by Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, the 40-year-old cross-country skier from Norway who finished first in the 10-kilometer sprint at Sochi.