Apr 4, 2014, 10:06 AM EDT
Father Time-defying ski jumper Noriaki Kasai is nowhere near finished with his career at age 41.
“I’ll be 45 at the time of the next Olympics, and 49 for the one after that,” Kasai said Friday, according to the Japan Times. “It [managing that] would be no different from what I’ve been doing up until now.
“If my body permits, I want to keep going until I’m 50.”
Kasai is coming off his seventh and most productive Olympics. He won silver in the large hill in Sochi and bronze in the team event, his second and third Olympic medals to add to his 1994 team event silver.
Kasai could very well be the best Japanese ski jumper for the next few years. He was the only Japan man to finish in the 20 of the World Cup standings this year (he was fifth) and the top 10 in both individual Olympic events.
In Sochi, Kasai and Russian luger Albert Demtschenko became the first athletes to compete in seven Winter Olympics.
The Summer record is 10, held by Canadian equestrian rider Ian Millar, who competed in the London Olympics.
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