Japanese ski jumper makes Winter Olympics history

Noriaki Kasai has achieved an incredible piece of Winter Olympics history on the opening day of competition in PyeongChang.

The 45-year-old ski jumper from Japan was in action on Thursday night, setting the record for most Winter Olympics appearances of all time.

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Kasai has now participated in eight-straight Games from 1992 to 2018.

Kasai in action. Image: Getty

Remarkably, the No.1 ranked ski jumper in 2017 – Stefan Kraft from Norway – was born in 1993, a year after Kasai’s first Games.

The record-setter also achieved a number of unique feats at Sochi 2014, becoming ski jumping’s oldest individual medalist when he won silver.

He's one happy man. Image: Getty

He also became the oldest medalist in ski jumping when he earned bronze in the team event.

And to top it all off, Kasai will carry the flag for Japan in Friday's opening ceremony.

The Winter Olympics also start early for eight Australians, with qualifying for the men's and women's moguls taking place at Bokwang Phoenix Park before the opening ceremony.

Australia has a full allocation for the men's and women's fields in PyeongChang and will be eyeing off medals to defending world champion Britt Cox and regular World Cup podium finisher Matt Graham.

It would be a major surprise if Cox and Graham don't qualify for the 20-person finals and both are expected to go through automatically in the top 10 skiers from Friday's first round.

with AAP

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