translated by Brett Larner
London Olympics marathoner Arata Fujiwara (Miki House) left Tokyo's Narita Airport on July 5 for altitude training in St. Moritz, Switzerland, confidently telling reporters, "I'm not worried about anything. All I can say is I'll give it my best."
Since mid-June Fujiwara has been based in Hokkaido, where he ran a large number of races in quick succession. Taking the bull by the horns, the rapid-fire series of competitions has put him in position "to be a realistic challenger for a medal."
The aim of the Swiss training camp will be to recover from the fatigue of four races in a week while running cross-country and doing hill sprints to load as much final strengthening work into his body as he can. Fujiwara will not return to Japan before the Olympics, currently planning to travel to London on August 4. Looking toward the final day of the Olympics on August 12, he said, "I'm not going to overdo anything," bottling up his concentration for the big race.