If you’re a guy whose idea of physical activity is walking between the refrigerator and the sofa every day, allow me to introduce you to Yuichiro Miura. He is 80 years old, and next month he will attempt to become the oldest man to climb Mt. Everest. It won’t be his first attempt, either – he’s already climbed it twice before, in 2003 and 2008, as well as skiing down Everest in 1970. Miura is not your average skier, either – he has skied down the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. Apparently Miura wants to one-up his father, who skied down Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, at the tender age of 99.
“If you wish strongly, have courage and endurance, then you can get to the summit of your dream,” proclaims Miura.
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