In 1964, Japan’s Hiroshi Hoketsu competed in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, placing 40th in the showjumping competition. In 1984 he was a reserve member of the Japanese equestrian team that competed in the Los Angeles Olympic Games. Now Hoketsu is about to turn 67 years old, and he’s set to compete at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong as a member of his country’s dressage team.
Hoketsu is looking to make an impression during this year’s Games, and his age has little to do with it. He told Masanori Ariyoshi, a reporter for the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbum, “I will not be satisfied with merely participating in the Olympics. I want to finish in the highest ranking possible.”