Japan at the 1972 Winter Olympics

Japan was the host nation for the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo. It was the first time that Japan had hosted the Winter Olympic Games, but second time overall after the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. It was also the first Winter Olympic Games held in Asia. The host nation sent 90 athletes, consisting of 70 men and 20 women, along with 20 officers. The flag bearer for the Japanese team, Mineyuki Mashiko did not participate in the game, but instead held the position of team manager.

Japan at the
1972 Winter Olympics
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
IOC codeJPN
NOCJapanese Olympic Committee
Websitewww.joc.or.jp (in Japanese and English)
in Sapporo
Competitors90 in 10 sports
Flag bearerMineyuki Mashiko
Medals
Ranked 11th
Gold
1
Silver
1
Bronze
1
Total
3
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)

Three Japanese ski jumpers swept the medals in the normal hill event, becoming national heroes. This achievement also made Yukio Kasaya the first gold medalist for Japan at the Winter Olympic Games. He was also the first ever Asian to win a Winter Olympic gold medal.

MedalistsEdit

Alpine skiingEdit

Men
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Masahiko Otsue Downhill 1:59.55 35
Sumihiro Tomii 1:55.34 22
Masayoshi Kashiwagi Giant Slalom DSQ DSQ
Masahiko Otsue 1:38.71 34 DSQ DSQ
Haruhisa Chiba 1:36.36 26 1:40.87 20 3:17.23 19
Masami Ichimura 1:35.77 22 1:39.57 12 3:15.34 15
Men's slalom
Athlete Classification Final
Time Rank Time 1 Rank Time 2 Rank Total Rank
Haruhisa Chiba 1:43.17 1 1:01.25 29 DNF DNF
Toshimasa Furukawa 1:46.33 3 ? 25 DSQ DSQ
Masayoshi Kashiwagi DNF 1:00.19 24 56.42 17 1:56.61 18
Masami Ichimura 1:42.90 1 57.58 13 57.25 18 1:54.83 17
Women
Athlete Event Race 1 Race 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Emiko Okazaki Downhill 1:48.85 41
Harue Okitsu 1:45.37 40
Miyuki Katagiri 1:44.10 35
Mitsuyo Nagumo 1:43.07 32
Mitsuyo Nagumo Giant Slalom DSQ
Emiko Okazaki 1:40.37 32
Miyuki Katagiri 1:39.11 30
Harue Okitsu 1:35.33 22
Miyuki Katagiri Slalom DNF DNF
Mitsuyo Nagumo DNF DNF
Harue Okitsu 50.55 19 50.12 16 1:40.67 16
Emiko Okazaki 50.06 18 49.47 14 1:39.53 13

BiathlonEdit

Men
Event Athlete Time Penalties Adjusted time 1 Rank
20 km Kazuo Sasakubo 1'19:07.43 9 1'28:07.43 38
Isao Ono 1'16:26.83 7 1'23:26.83 25
Shozo Sasaki 1'18:05.54 5 1'23:05.54 23
Miki Shibuya 1'16:57.27 5 1'21:57.27 17
1 One minute added per close miss (a hit in the outer ring), two minutes added per complete miss.
Men's 4 x 7.5 km relay
Athletes Race
Misses 2 Time Rank
Isao Ono
Shozo Sasaki
Miki Shibuya
Kazuo Sasakubo
5 1'59:09.48 8
2 A penalty loop of 200 metres had to be skied per missed target.

BobsleighEdit

Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
JPN-1 Susumu Esashika
Kazumi Abe
Two-man 1:18.13 16 1:16.43 6 1:15.17 14 1:16.86 18 5:06.59 15
JPN-2 Akihiko Suzuki
Rikio Sato
Two-man 1:18.98 21 1:18.46 21 1:15.63 16 1:18.84 21 5:11.91 21
Sled Athletes Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
JPN-1 Susumu Esashika
Kazumi Abe
Rikio Sato
Yoshiyuki Ichihashi
Four-man 1:11.51 6 1:12.99 15 1:11.42 12 1:12.00 13 4:47.92 12
JPN-2 Toshihisa Nagata
Hiroshi Inaba
Koichi Sugawara
Akihiko Suzuki
Four-man 1:11.51 6 1:12.99 15 DSQ DSQ

Cross-country skiingEdit

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
15 km Motoharu Matsumura 50:43.76 51
Akiyoshi Matsuoka 49:50.72 43
Kunio Shibata 49:38.95 41
Hideo Tanifuji 49:06.97 37
30 km Tomio Okamura 1'47:50.22 47
Seiji Kudo 1'47:00.40 44
Hideo Tanifuji 1'45:37.13 37
Kunio Shibata 1'42:30.83 23
50 km Motoharu Matsumura DNF
Seiji Kudo 2'57:42.62 29
Men's 4 × 10 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Hideo Tanifuji
Kunio Shibata
Akiyoshi Matsuoka
Tomio Okamura
2'13:59.14 10
Women
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
5 km Akiko Akasaka 19:49.74 43
Harumi Imai 19:05.73 38
Tokiko Ozeki 19:00.82 37
Hiroko Takahashi 18:32.75 34
10 km Hideko Saito 39:51.61 38
Harumi Imai 39:33.13 37
Tokiko Ozeki 38:07.24 33
Hiroko Takahashi 36:53.84 25
Women's 3 × 5 km relay
Athletes Race
Time Rank
Tokiko Ozeki
Hiroko Takahashi
Hideko Saito
53:20.75 9

Figure skatingEdit

Men
Athlete CF FS Points Places Rank
Yutaka Higuchi 16 15 2309.7 140 16
Women
Athlete CF FS Points Places Rank
Kazumi Yamashita 10 10 2449.9 93 10
Pairs
Athletes SP FS Points Places Rank
Kotoe Nagasawa
Hiroshi Nagakubo
16 16 345.5 144 16

Ice hockeyEdit

First RoundEdit

Winners (in bold) entered the Medal Round. Other teams played a consolation round for 7th-11th places.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
  Japan 2–8   Czechoslovakia

Consolation RoundEdit

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
7   West Germany 4 3 1 0 22 10 6
8   Norway 4 3 1 0 16 14 6
9   Japan 4 2 1 1 17 16 5
10    Switzerland 4 0 2 2 9 16 2
11   Yugoslavia 4 0 3 1 9 17 1
  • Japan 3-3 Switzerland
  • Japan 3-2 Yugoslavia
  • Japan 4-5 Norway
  • Japan 7-6 West Germany
Contestants
Toshimitsu Otsubo
Tsutomu Hanzawa
Minoru Misawa
Hiroshi Hori
Iwao Nakayama
Takeshi Akiba
Fumio Yamazaki
Takashi Tsuburai
Minoru Ito
Teruyasu Honma
Yasushio Tanaka
Hideaki Kurokawa
Takao Hikigi
Koji Iwamoto
Isao Kakihara
Toru Okajima
Yoshio Hoshino
Osamu Wakabayashi
Hideo Suzuki

LugeEdit

Men
Athlete Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Masatoshi Kobayashi 55.30 32 54.43 25 53.00 19 53.66 27 3:36.39 24
Satoru Arai 54.76 26 55.07 30 53.75 25 53.73 29 3:37.31 26
Masako Eguchi 54.09 15 53.37 12 52.78 18 53.57 25 3:33.81 18
Kazuaki Ichikawa 54.09 15 54.21 22 53.29 22 53.40 22 3:34.99 20

(Men's) Doubles

Athletes Run 1 Run 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Satoru Arai
Masatoshi Kobayashi
44.73 4 44.90 7 1:29.63 4
Masako Eguchi
Kazuaki Ichikawa
46.93 19 46.63 18 1:33.56 18
Women
Athlete Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Miyako Kawase 47.93 20 47.31 19 46.72 18 46.14 18 3:08.10 19
Hiroko Shibuya 46.66 14 46.41 13 45.89 8 45.49 12 3:04.45 13
Yuko Otaka 45.21 4 45.65 5 45.39 5 44.73 5 3:00.98 5

Nordic combinedEdit

Events:

  • normal hill ski jumping (Three jumps, best two counted and shown here.)
  • 15 km cross-country skiing
Athlete Event Ski Jumping Cross-country Total
Distance 1 Distance 2 Points Rank Time Points Rank Points Rank
Nobutaka Sasaki Individual 72.5 76.0 190.3 8 54:00.6 169.645 37 359.945 24
Hideki Nakano 82.0 81.0 220.5 1 55:41.2 154.555 39 375.055 13
Yuji Katsuro 74.5 78.0 195.1 6 51:10.9 195.100 18 390.200 5
Kazuo Araya 76.5 77.0 199.7 5 53:29.3 174.340 34 374.040 15

Ski jumpingEdit

Athlete Event Jump 1 Jump 2 Total
Distance Points Distance Points Points Rank
Takashi Fujisawa Normal hill 81.0 117.8 68.0 90.0 207.8 23
Akitsugu Konno 82.5 120.2 79.0 114.6 234.8  
Seiji Aochi 83.5 123.3 77.5 106.2 229.5  
Yukio Kasaya 84.0 126.6 79.0 117.6 244.2  
Hiroshi Itagaki Large hill 90.0 96.0 84.0 87.1 183.1 19
Takashi Fujisawa 95.5 107.2 86.0 89.9 197.1 14
Akitsugu Konno 98.0 109.7 88.5 89.4 199.1 12
Yukio Kasaya 106.0 124.9 85.0 84.5 209.4 7

Speed skatingEdit

Men
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
500 m Keiichi Suzuki 41.28 19
Norio Hirate 41.08 17
Takayuki Hida 40.62 13
Masaki Suzuki 40.35 8
1500 m Kiyomi Ito 2:11.96 22
Mutsuhiko Maeda 2:11.09 20
5000 m Osamu Naito 7:56.97 16
Kiyomi Ito 7:45.96 13
10,000 m Osamu Naito 15:52.93 12
Kiyomi Ito 15:48.17 10
Women
Event Athlete Race
Time Rank
500 m Ryoko Onozawa 46.70 21
Sachiko Saito 45.35 9
1000 m Ryoko Onozawa 1:36.99 28
Sachiko Saito 1:35.12 18
Emiko Taguchi 1:34.40 15
1500 m Kaname Ide 2:28.34 18
Emiko Taguchi 2:28.19 17
Satomi Koike 2:25.16 11
3000 m Akiko Aruga 5:22.60 18
Kaname Ide 5:17.30 16
Satomi Koike 5:09.21 12

ReferencesEdit