Until January 3, 2013 from December 30, 2012, the Deaf alpine snowboard team of the Deaf Japan Ski Association participated in a training camp in the ski resort of Noboribetsu, Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan. On January 2, the snowboarding team of the Hokkaido Ski Association held their training camp, which the Deaf team joined and practiced together. The Deaf team strived to level up under the guidance of the world-class team.
Three Deaf snowboarders from Fukushima and Kanagawa Prefectures took part in the training. They camped in Austria from mid-December, and joined the training at Noboribetsu from December 30.
Takashima Koki from Kanagawa Prefecture will compete in the Deaf World Cup which will be held in Russia in February 2013. He said, "I aim at winning. Snow in Noboribetsu is so hard that it is easy for me to snowboard."
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