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Through the air: Sara Takanashi
Takanashi is a 17-year-old born in Kamikawa, a small town on Hokkaido, Japan's second largest island.
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Through the air: Sara Takanashi
Takanashi began ski jumping when she was in the seventh grade. Her brother and father were both ski jumpers and she followed in her family's footsteps.
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Through the air: Sara Takanashi
As a child Takanashi took ballet lessons. Takanashi credits those ballet lessons for her excellent sense of balance.
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Through the air: Sara Takanashi
Takanashi made her World Cup debut in 2011. During her World Cup career, her worst finish was in her second World Cup event when she finished 17th.
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Through the air: Sara Takanashi
During the 2012-2013 World Cup season, Takanashi found herself on the podium in 13 of the 17 World Cup events and won eight of those events.
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