Hiroshi Hoketsu Profile and Biography
Hiroshi Hoketsu (March 28th, 1941- ) is a Japanese equestrian competitor. If you look closely at his birthdate, you will notice that Hoketsu-san is 71 years old. He first competed at an Olympic games in 1964. He also made it to the 1988 Seoul games but was unable to actually participate since his horse was quarantined.
Before the Beijing 2008, Hoketsu was the company director of Johnson & Johnson in Germany. He quit his job over 5 years ago in order to dedicate himself to becoming an Olympic athlete once more. The young man, who began riding at 12, is still going strong and is an inspiration to older folk everywhere with an Olympic career that spans 50 years. Even though he was not a consistent athlete, it is as hard to get back in the saddle as it is to remain there for an extended period of time. This time around Hoketsu will be competing in the show jumping and dressage events.
The oldest athlete to compete at an Olympic games was a Swedish shooter named Oscar Swahn, who won a silver medal at the Antwerp Olympics of 1920 at age 72. Hoketsu was Japan’s oldest Olympian when he competed in Beijing in 2008 and continues to hold this title at London 2012.
The word Grand Prix is most closely associated with racing cars. Can you find out what it means when used in association with the equestrian arena? (equestrian means relating to horses)
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