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Olympic Marathoner Fujiwara Leaves for Altitude Training In Switzerland

http://www.nishinippon.co.jp/nsp/item/311177

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.

Comments

Anonymous said…
As usual, you don't make any fucking sense. You don't go to a training camp in high altitude to recover from fatigue. If you are in Tokyo you need to hire guys to watch your back from July 14 to 17.
Brett Larner said…
Of all the things that have unexpectedly come my way in the five years since I started JRN, a violent stalker, particularly a middle-aged, Thailand-residing American, is among the strangest and without a doubt the saddest.
Anonymous said…
Keep talking shit. You'll pay for it soon enough.
Brett Larner said…
Sorry to subject you to this, readers. I used to get comments of this sort from this stalker on a regular basis. I'm posting them this time for evidentiary purposes.
Anonymous said…
Ooooh!!! Evidentiary purposes!! Someone's going to get sued!! OOOOOH!!!! SCARY!!! SCARY!!! When do I get the Cease and Desist Letter asshole?? Just have your attorney write out a nice letter and on the address, write "BRETT LARNER'S ANUS, TOKYO JAPAN" and then spread your ass nice and wide, and then SHOVE IT UP YOUR ASSHOLE. Got it?
Brett Larner said…
Apologies again to my other readers. Please bear with us.
Anonymous said…
Does your butt-ugly wife know that she married a man with no testicles? Why don't you meet up and say the same lies and crap that you are talking right to the face of the man? Got any balls? I guess not, but you can prove me wrong. You know my email. Just email me and meet up and say the same stuff RIGHT TO MY FACE, Man To Man. If you just want to hide behind your sorry ass blog and keep talking SHIT, then you have no balls. I don't know about Canada, but out here, if you can't say it right to a man's face, then just shut the fuck up.
Brett Larner said…
I'm pleased to report that this stalker never materialized. All for the best as Japanese immigration tends to take a dim view of foreign citizens travelling here with the intent of criminal activity.

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