Olympic Ski Jumping Medalist Akitsugu Konno Dies at 75
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Tokyo, Sept. 9 (Jiji Press)--Akitsugu Konno, a former Japanese ski jumper who won a silver medal at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan, died of a disease on Thursday. He was 75.
Konno, a native of Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, made his Olympic debut at the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble, France.
In the 70-meter jump at the Sapporo Games, Konno was runner-up to fellow Japanese jumper Yukio Kasaya, currently 76. With the late Seiji Aochi, who finished third, the three Japanese jumpers monopolized the podium.
Konno served as a torch bearer at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, central Japan. In the opening ceremony, he joined other former Winter Olympic athletes in marching carrying the Olympic flag.
He served as a jump competition officer at the Ski Association of Sapporo recently.
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