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Immediately after losing my eyesight, I often found myself moping around the house, listening to Scottish football podcasts and indulging in a little too much red wine. Then I met a blind guy named Yasunori Yamazaki living in Saitama who wanted to practice his English. While talking, Yamazaki told me that he was into bouldering, a sport that involves climbing up an artificial rock wall using hand and foot holds.

In an effort to get out of the house, I accompanied Yamazaki and a couple of other people to a center with an indoor climbing facility. I pictured myself finding a sport for blind people that was just right for me. I also pictured myself reaching the top. Could Paralympic glory be right around the corner?

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