As a 26 year old, Sara Takanashi is one of the most successful female ski jumpers to date, as well as one of the most successful athletes in the history of the sport. She has won four World Cup overall titles (an all-time female record), seven World Championship medals and a Winter Olympic medal. She has broken countless records in the sport and has cemented herself in the history books.
In the last few years, her dominance has slipped. To climb back to the top, she decided what many of her contemporaries would consider too risky: to completely reinvent and rebuild her jumping form. This process has already taken a few years to realise.
What continues to fuel Sara’s pursuit for the “perfect form”; has the journey been worth it and will she be able to arrive at the “perfect form” in time for 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics?
** Limitless is a documentary series on four world-class snow-athletes, each striving to reach a new level in their performance ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
Featuring | Sara Takanashi, Janko Zwitter, Toshimi Oriyama, Izumi Yamada
Client | Red Bull Japan
Distributor | Red Bull TV
Red Bull Japan Producer | Jean Mare
Red Bull Athlete Manager | Tsuneki Sato
Red Bull Production Manager | Yoko Ishitani
Production Company | It Started with Hay
Director, Producer & Writer | Tak Nakano
Director of Photography (Europe) |
Director of Photography (Japan) | Kunihito Shimizu, Ryuichi Yamane, Nobutaka Shirahama
Editor | Aya Watanabe
Post Production | imageMill, Keishi Ueda, David Jimenez, Red Bull Media House, Ariane Stellwag, Johanna Hoerl, Tara Nissl
GFX | Gary Yeung
Footage courtesy of FIS World Cup