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Taku Takeuchi, who won a bronze medal in the team ski jumping competition Monday at the Sochi Winter Olympics, has been competing while struggling with a rare disease.

The 26-year-old Takeuchi was hospitalized in January after being told there was a high probability he was suffering from Churg-Strauss syndrome, an incurable autoimmune disorder that causes severe coughing and numbness in the arms and legs.

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