A Deaf cross-country skiing athlete, Hiroshi Yoshii (27), who started cross-country skiing six years ago, won two times in domestic meetings in February; the sprint free 1 km at the the 11th Japanese Cross-Country Skiing Athletic Meet for the Persons with Disabilities, and the Japan Paralympic Games 2009 Free 9 km cross-country skiing athletic meet.
Yoshii analyzes both causes of the first victories, saying, "I emphasized on the weight-lift training, and also researched the slide form in cross-country skiing".
"The two victories in one season gave me confidence. I will work harder in the future". He aims at the gold medal at the Deaflympic Winter Games in Slovakia in 2011.
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