The Olympic Winter Games
in Nagano, Japan. The year – 1998. Japan’s best hope for
a gold medal lay in the ski jump, and the man to carry that
burden was 23-year-old Kazuyoshi
Funaki. It takes years of preparation
to reach the final of an Olympic ski jump event. For decades, ski jumpers had
been exploring the most effective way
to fly through the air. Funaki thought he had
the answer to that question. So what was his secret? To answer that question,
we need to take a look at the fascinating history
of this event. Ski jumping was the most
popular spectator sport at the 1952 Winter Olympic
Games in Oslo, Norway. A crowd of 143,000 people, half the entire population
of Oslo, turned up to see
local hero Arnfinn Bergmann win gold for Norway. Ski jumping is Norway’s
gift to the world. The sport was first introduced by a Norwegian soldier
called Olaf Rye. His party trick was jumping
9.5 metres on skis. That was in 1809. My hat. Oh. In 1952,
the sport had moved forward. Bergmann’s winning jump
reached 68 metres long. Bergmann makes his winning
jump, to give Norway her seventh
gold medal in the Games. Strength and technique
had taken the sport to another level. All you have to do is slide, glide and stay on your feet
if you can. In the ’60s, subtle changes
were made to the jumping style. The body straighter,
arms by the side. This was considered the correct
and proper way to ski jump. A great stylist of
the ’70s was Yukio Kasaya, the star of the 1972
Olympic Games in Sapporo. Kasaya was the first Japanese
to win Olympic gold. Style is important
in ski jumping because your final score is a mix of distance plus style
points. Five judges award
marks out of 20. They are looking for elegance
and smoothness, and a textbook “Telemark”
landing. A great jump is typically
matched with excellent style, but actual perfection
was unheard of. Judges always found fault –
that’s what they’re there for. Perhaps the most elegant and successful ski jumper
in history was Finland’s Matti Nykanen,
the first ski jumper to win three gold medals
in a single Olympic Games. Nykanen lifted the sport
to an art form. No-one could get close to him. His best jump at Calgary 1988
was nearly eight metres further than anyone else. One who tried to get close
was Czech Jiri Malec. Malec believed that spreading
his skis into a “V” shape, as you can see here, helped him achieve that
little bit of extra distance. Not enough to catch Nykanen, the perfect exponent
of the parallel technique, but enough to help Malec
win an Olympic bronze medal. Unfortunately, Malec’s success
was limited because judges preferred the clean lines
of the classical ski jumpers and the new V technique was
consistently marked down. And then it got scientific – a group of Japanese academics
studied the physics behind the ski jumping
technique. They crunched the numbers.
They worked out the formulas. Calculus, geometry,
trigonometry, and the result was clear – the V shape was the way to go. Ski jumpers could barely
switch quickly enough. By 1992 it was
the only way to fly and the judges had no choice but to adopt the new shape as the ideal
ski jumping technique. The 1998 Winter Olympics
in Nagano, Japan, took the V technique to
a new level. The big Japanese favourite
was Kazuyoshi Funaki, coached and mentored by
the legendary Kasaya. Using the modern style, Funaki had some of his
mentor’s elegance in the air. Having won silver
on the normal hill, Funaki’s hopes for gold
rested on the large hill. It was then he achieved
something never done before in the history of
Olympic ski jumping. Funaki made the perfect jump. 132.5 metres long. That’s nearly as far as
the Great Pyramids of Giza! All five judges gave
Funaki’s jump a perfect score, 20 out of 20. Style, elegance, landing –
they just couldn’t find fault. A perfect score like this
has the same odds as getting a bull’s-eye
blindfolded, with both hands tied
behind your back. Steady skis – tick, balance – tick, body position – tick, landing – tick. The jump was enough
to win Funaki gold in front of his home fans in
Japan. His extraordinary jump that day
remains the only perfect mark in Olympic history.

The “Comaneci” of Ski Jumping Gets The First Perfect 20s | Olympics on the Record
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73 thoughts on “The “Comaneci” of Ski Jumping Gets The First Perfect 20s | Olympics on the Record

  • November 26, 2017 at 10:24 pm
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    Yesterday, Kraft should have got a perfect score. New hill record in Kuusamo with a textbook style and a fascinating telemark. I'm not professional style judge, but I don't understand why all of them gave him 19,5 points each. For me this was most beautiful jump in history, there is no doubt 🙂

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  • November 26, 2017 at 11:03 pm
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    these guys just naruto down the hill.

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  • November 26, 2017 at 11:50 pm
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    Extraordinary man

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  • November 27, 2017 at 5:36 am
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    This is actually not 100% truth. Swedish ski jumper Jan Boklöv was the one who invented the V-style and first one using it in international competetions.

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  • December 4, 2017 at 3:05 am
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    they'll never be as good as Eddie the eagle

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  • December 8, 2017 at 4:52 am
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    very informative and really great execution of displaying the info.

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  • December 8, 2017 at 12:48 pm
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    hahahah, I saw the pyramid

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  • December 11, 2017 at 12:34 am
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    thats nearly as far as the pyramids of gaza… wut?

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  • December 14, 2017 at 4:58 pm
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    why am i crying

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  • December 16, 2017 at 2:26 am
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    I remember this and it was incredible!!! You have to be really strong to be able to position yourself that fast

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  • December 19, 2017 at 5:10 pm
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    That is so stupid to judge it on style points

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  • December 20, 2017 at 7:09 pm
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    thicc?

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  • December 22, 2017 at 1:57 pm
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    I remember watching Nykanen jumping, if I remember he was only 16 or 18 years old , and the American 'expert' commentators were pointing out all the things he did wrong. and yet he landed 8 meters further than anyone else. If he'd got it right, he would have landed outside the arena. Just goes to show what the American experts know.

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  • December 25, 2017 at 10:03 pm
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    The narrator sounds like ksi

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  • December 29, 2017 at 2:08 pm
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    home judges give their home athlete the perfect score?… if you say so,..

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  • January 2, 2018 at 4:41 am
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    throw a dart blindfolded AND hands tied behind the back………
    pun's are bad but logic it aint

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  • January 17, 2018 at 8:51 pm
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    matti nykänen was the best ski jumper ever

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  • January 23, 2018 at 12:17 am
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    “That’s nearly as far as the great pyramids of Giza.” As far as they are what? Tall? Wide? Away from me? That sentence bruh

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  • January 25, 2018 at 9:52 am
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    It should just be the distance. 100m runners don't get judged on their style!!

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  • February 11, 2018 at 3:08 am
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    Am I the only one that thinks the landing could have been marked down at least a tiny bit?

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  • February 12, 2018 at 3:12 am
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    Obviously GREAT FEAT, but he flapped his arms at landing. Shouldn’t that have removed some style points?

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  • February 13, 2018 at 6:38 am
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    Hold my beer

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  • February 13, 2018 at 10:51 pm
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    Anyone else notice this is John Boyega or 'Finn' from the Star Wars movies narrating this.
    Not completely sure, but that would be cool if it was.

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  • February 15, 2018 at 7:07 pm
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    Coooolll…

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  • February 16, 2018 at 7:29 pm
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    Only the "Olympics" can take a true sport like distance jumping and turn it into fake entertainment based on some corrupt "Judges" view instead… The Olympics are political garbage, the opposite of Sports.

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  • February 17, 2018 at 5:11 pm
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    Except nikainin ‘s career was severely marred by his personality defects

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  • February 18, 2018 at 2:23 am
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    日本が強くなると様々なルール変更で自分たちが有利になるようにする欧米諸国。
    スポーツ界はそれで済むが一般社会はそうはいかない。
    日本人は色んな改善をすることを続ける。
    だから国が発展するのだ。
    自分たちが有利になるルール改正をするんではなく
    技術を進歩させることを考えるべき 欧米諸国は!

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  • February 20, 2018 at 9:37 am
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    ふなきぃぃぃぃいいいいい

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  • February 22, 2018 at 2:14 pm
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    is it just me or does the narrator sounds a lot like john boyega??

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  • February 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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    Pleasure to watch

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  • February 24, 2018 at 12:45 pm
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    Oh I didn't know they judge style and elegance , I thought it measure how far jumper fly and land…

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  • February 28, 2018 at 12:49 am
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    Jan Boklov,the Swede,was the first who succeeded with the V-style,he should be entitled as an inventor

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  • February 28, 2018 at 4:31 pm
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    ふなき! ふなき!

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  • March 11, 2018 at 7:43 am
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    船木のフォームは誰よりも美しかった

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  • March 12, 2018 at 9:42 am
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    Why most of the comments are Negative????????

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  • March 13, 2018 at 2:42 pm
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    It's already been "proven" that when it comes to events based on subjective scoring, the host country always does much better (medal count) than others. Not taking anything away from this jump but I doubt this gets perfect 20s in a different host country

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  • April 24, 2018 at 3:52 pm
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    こんな動画にもネトウヨ湧いてんの草凄いのは選手達であって日本ではないぞ

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  • April 24, 2018 at 7:34 pm
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    I always think they're going to crash and then they don't and I'm like "how?!?"

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  • May 23, 2018 at 9:36 am
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    There are many Ski jumpers who had won a gold medal, but there is only one who has his own movie and that's Eddie Edwards. So i think Eddie 'the Eagle' ist the most successful Ski jumper.

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  • August 1, 2018 at 1:07 am
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    Not even mentioning Swedish Jan Boklöv, who invented the V-style. But then again, even though he always jumped the farthest, he was constantly downgraded for style. Until everybody adopted it. I'ts also way safer than the classical jump.

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  • August 25, 2018 at 2:58 pm
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    Finland mentioned lets meet at the marketplace

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  • September 8, 2018 at 1:27 am
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    3:56 that's how naruto run was created lol

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  • September 10, 2018 at 12:11 pm
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    How many times exactly japanese solved sport by science?

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  • September 17, 2018 at 8:01 am
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    4:58
    …. you guys did NOT just add a picture of the Great Pyramid of Giza into the video. Seriously.

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  • October 2, 2018 at 6:08 pm
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    Its illustrative but ridiculous way to explain technique of skijumpig, and exclusion of Ian Boklev is elementary fault -he is not mention here, for V technique, but ok if it is used to marked Funaki`s achievement.

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  • October 27, 2018 at 4:09 pm
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    Please stop reenacting historical figures as if they were in a show for 3 year olds. It just makes the whole video look completely stupid and non-professional.

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  • November 2, 2018 at 1:42 pm
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    Its fun watching this as an Norwegian 🙂

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  • November 4, 2018 at 5:35 pm
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    TICK

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  • November 5, 2018 at 3:13 pm
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    He wasn't the only Nadia did but in the sport yes

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  • November 5, 2018 at 7:14 pm
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    Suomi mainittu "Torilla tavataan"

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  • November 11, 2018 at 2:21 pm
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    How many times did I held my breath.

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  • November 24, 2018 at 5:07 am
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    Black voice commentary about calculus, skiing and pyramids. OK thx

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  • November 25, 2018 at 3:21 pm
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    is nobody gonna talk about that scientist reenactment in 3:50 ?

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  • December 8, 2018 at 5:20 pm
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    Lol, that´s exactly how I imagined japanese scientists. 😉

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  • February 4, 2019 at 7:47 pm
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    Rest in peace Matti 🙁

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  • February 6, 2019 at 10:25 pm
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    American experts on ski jumping, get out of here 🙃😂, but Funaki was good, but the judges was truly blind, he should have 19.5 at the most.

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  • February 7, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    Japan the German of asia hahhaha

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  • February 10, 2019 at 6:56 pm
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    R.I.P Matti Nykänen 1963-2019

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  • February 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm
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    R.I.P Matti Nykänen

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  • February 11, 2019 at 8:16 pm
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    19.5 for me!

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  • February 15, 2019 at 1:04 pm
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    You spelled Matti Nykänen wrong.

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  • February 18, 2019 at 2:12 pm
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    Nykänen pronounced noo-can-nen, and Jiří Malec is pronounced yirzhee mallet

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  • February 21, 2019 at 12:27 am
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    0:52 a crowd of 143000 people 😱😱😱😱 that's absolutely INSANE!!! and in Pyeongchang there were like 4000 people.
    I wish Ski Jumping were more popular, it's one of the most beautiful and underrated sports. It deserves more recognition

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  • February 26, 2019 at 5:31 am
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    Toni Innauer in Innsbruck?

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  • February 27, 2019 at 12:57 am
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    why they making fun of scientist lol

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  • March 18, 2019 at 8:07 pm
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    R.I.P. Nykänen

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  • April 2, 2019 at 9:28 pm
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    That's the swede Bokløv that introduced the V style…

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  • April 14, 2019 at 8:34 pm
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    Ryoyu the new star

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  • June 9, 2019 at 8:53 pm
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    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    There’s always an Asian
    … come on you already know

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  • July 27, 2019 at 3:23 am
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    1:16 "my hat aww" i might cry thats so cute

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  • August 4, 2019 at 4:46 pm
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    4:59 pause

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  • August 28, 2019 at 12:14 am
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    🖕🖕🖕

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