'King of Skiing' returns to competition

'King of Skiing' returns to competition
Kenji Ogiwara

KATASHINA, Gunma - Kenji Ogiwara, who won gold medals in the Nordic combined team events at the 1992 Albert- ville and 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, recently made a return to competition.

The 45-year-old Ogiwara, who was dubbed "The King of Skiing," was eighth in the adult men's B category at the National Athletic Meet in Katashina, Gunma Prefecture, on Sunday, moving up in the cross-country portion after ending 11th in the ski-jumping segment.

"I had a good run, but my jump was frustrating," Ogiwara said.

The Gunma native excited spectators after starting the 5-kilometer race 2 minutes 22 seconds behind the first skier.

Ogiwara took part in the event as a representative of Nagano Prefecture, where Kitano Construction Corp., the company for which he works as the ski team's head, is located.

Ogiwara started training for the meet in early December after his team's skiers left Japan for overseas tours.

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