Takanobu Okabe (岡部 孝信 Okabe Takanobu) (born 26 October 1970) is a Japanese former ski jumper.
|Full name||岡部 孝信|
26 October 1970|
|Height||164 cm (5 ft 5 in)|
217.5 m (714 ft)|
Planica, 17 March 2006
|World Cup career|
|Updated on 10 February 2016.|
His debut World Cup performance was on 16 December 1989 in Sapporo and at the moment he is the oldest ski jumper in a world of ski jumping. Competing in three Winter Olympics, he won two medals in the team large hill event at the Winter Olympics with a silver in 1994 and a gold in 1998.
Okabe had his biggest successes at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, winning five medals. This included a gold in the individual normal hill (1995), a silver in the team large hill (1997), and three bronzes in the team large hill (1995, 2007, 2009).
Okabe has five individual World Cup victories, three of which came on flying hills. At the time of his latest win in Kuopio on March 10, 2009 he was, at the age of 38 years and 135 days, the oldest ski jumper to ever win a World Cup competition. This record has since been beaten by his compatriot Noriaki Kasai.
On 12 March 2014, the International Ski Federation announced his retirement.
|1||1996/97||7 December 1996||Kuusamo||Rukatunturi K120 (night)||LH|
|2||8 February 1997||Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf||Kulm K185||FH|
|3||22 March 1997||Planica||Velikanka bratov Gorišek K185||FH|
|4||1997/98||1 March 1998||Vikersund||Vikersundbakken K175||FH|
|5||2008/09||10 March 2009||Kuopio||Puijo HS127 (night)||LH|