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NAGANO — Before a car accident left him paralyzed from the waist down, Kazuya Murozuka had never skied in his life.

Now, 12 years later, Murozuka is preparing to compete as a cross-country skier in next month’s Nagano Winter Paralympics. Murozuka, 33, is one of 11 physically disabled members of Japan’s Paralympic cross-country ski team. He uses a “sit-ski,” a chair mounted on a pair of skis.

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