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Another Amazing Olympian, Hiroshi Hoketsu
7/31/2012 5:59:44 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]


I have always believed that each of us should follow our passion. We’re happier people when we do and that allows us to bring joy to others as well. If you love dancing, do it each day. If you love writing, set time aside to write daily. It’s also important not to put limitations on your dreams. The story of Hiroshi Hoketsu is the perfect example. As the oldest Olympian, at 72, he’s representing Japan in the discipline of Dressage. He retired from his successful business career and followed his dream of riding. He never expected the dream to take him all the way to London in 2012! This is not Hiroshi’s Olympic debut. He was an Olympic Rider in 1964, where he was entered in jumping competitions. He placed 40th that year.
Hiroshi has made many sacrifices along his journey to success. He hasn’t seen his wife, Motoko, for over a year because he trains in Aachen, Germany so he can be coached by his Dutch trainer. Hiroshi has a “magical bond” with his horse, Whisper. He says that Whisper understands that his body may be a little weaker than it formerly was. But Hiroshi continues to exercise and ride every day, to improve his balance and coordination skills. He believes that he has become a better rider than he ever was, so he is motivated to continue.
Hiroshi Hoketsu has earned the respect and admiration of everyone in Japan. He is a star there, especially in the eyes of the elderly.Because Hiroshi has been a dedicated rider and continued to improve his balance and coordination, he has defied Father Time. No one has competed in the Olympics at 72 since Oscar Swahn competed in the Games of 1920. Mr. Hoketsu would be in the record books if he competes in the Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janiero. He has said this may be his last completion, because his wife would like him to retire, but we will see. In the meantime, we salute you, Mr. Hotetsu, congratulations on all of your amazing accomplishments!


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More Blogs by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
• Deb Hockenberry Reviews Tails of Sweetbrier! - Saturday, August 24, 2013
• Inteview with Award Winnng Author, Carla Burke - Wednesday, June 12, 2013
• Important Hints on Writing an Outstanding Query Letter - Sunday, April 28, 2013
• What is theme? Do you Need Ideas? - Monday, March 04, 2013
• Looking for the Key to Success? Here it is! - Friday, March 01, 2013
• Writing for Children? Will Someone Steal your Work? - Saturday, December 29, 2012
• Writing for Children? Adding Conflict - Monday, November 19, 2012
• Writing for Children? Be Sure your Character Grows - Monday, October 15, 2012
•  Another Amazing Olympian, Hiroshi Hoketsu - Tuesday, July 31, 2012  
• Interesting Happening from the Olympics - Monday, July 30, 2012
• Kieran Behan, A Winner Against All Odds - Sunday, July 29, 2012
• The Opening Ceremony - Saturday, July 28, 2012
• Go USA Olympians! - Friday, July 27, 2012
• Who Should Publish Your Story? - Thursday, July 26, 2012
• Five Important Truths About Rejection and Your Children’s Book - Wednesday, July 25, 2012
• A Look at the Inspiring life of Children's Author, Carla Burke - Tuesday, July 24, 2012
• Making your Characters Memorable - Monday, July 23, 2012
• Bored with Writing? What to do Next - Sunday, July 22, 2012
• We're bored, now what? - Saturday, July 21, 2012
• Where do you Find Ideas for Your Children's Stories ? - Friday, July 20, 2012
• Beginners Guide to Creating the Pefect Children's Story - Thursday, July 19, 2012
• What is conflict and why is it Important to your Story? - Wednesday, July 18, 2012
• Have you Ever Heard of Easton, CT? - Tuesday, July 17, 2012
• Conquering "Pikes Peak" - Monday, July 16, 2012
• Keys to Success in your Children's Story - Sunday, July 15, 2012
• Why Setting Goals is Important - Saturday, July 14, 2012
• Reaching Beyond Your Goals Through Therapeutic Riding - Friday, July 13, 2012
• Top Three Reasons why you Should Persevere - Thursday, July 12, 2012
• Random Things About Me - Wednesday, July 11, 2012
• Cody Jackson, Pint Sized Patriot - Tuesday, July 10, 2012
• A Shout Out to my Readers! - Monday, July 09, 2012
• Themes and Morals, What's the Difference? - Sunday, July 08, 2012
• What Should you Write About? - Saturday, July 07, 2012
• Overcoming Writer's Fright - Friday, July 06, 2012
• It's P. T. Barnum's Birthday-Let's celebrate! - Thursday, July 05, 2012
• Happy Birthday, USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2012
• Consistency-Why is it Important for Your Childrens' Story? - Friday, June 29, 2012
• Creating Memorable Characters for your Children’s Stories - Wednesday, June 13, 2012
• When your Ending Meets the Beginning of your Children's Stroy - Tuesday, February 07, 2012
• Why is Dialogue Important to your Children's Story? - Saturday, January 07, 2012
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