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Noriko Kamiyama may have come to her sport late in life, but the para alpine skier has overcome much more than an age barrier to get to where she is today.

Kamiyama is a 49-year-old Paralympic “rookie” who is also the oldest member of the Japan delegation at the Beijing Games, set to be staged from March 4 to 13. But having beaten long odds just to make the team, she is turning her relatively advanced age into an asset.

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