‘The King of Skiing’ returns

The 45-year-old Ogiwara, dubbed "The King of Skiing," was eighth in the men's B category at the National Athletic Meet in Katashina, Gunma Prefecture, recently, 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.

Ogiwara started training in December after his Kitano Construction Corp team skiers left Japan for overseas tours.