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February 15, 1998 | Associated Press
Kazuyoshi Funaki sparked long-awaited celebrations and tears of welled-up emotion among Japanese fans Sunday with a performance of soaring perfection off the 120-meter hill to give the nation its first Olympic ski jump title in 26 years. Silver medalist on the 90-meter hill Wednesday, Funaki made sure of the gold this time with a massive leap of 132.5 meters, accompanied by a sweep of perfect style marks, to win the title.
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February 15, 1998 | Associated Press
Kazuyoshi Funaki sparked long-awaited celebrations and tears of welled-up emotion among Japanese fans Sunday with a performance of soaring perfection off the 120-meter hill to give the nation its first Olympic ski jump title in 26 years. Silver medalist on the 90-meter hill Wednesday, Funaki made sure of the gold this time with a massive leap of 132.5 meters, accompanied by a sweep of perfect style marks, to win the title.
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