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We all should be this guy:

JAPANESE SKIER MARKS 99TH BIRTHDAY WITH ALPINE DESCENT
2003-02-19 07:17 (New York)

Chamonix, France (dpa) - Keizo Miura of Japan set out on skis
Wednesday from an altitude of nearly 4,000 metres in the French Alps
to celebrate his 99th birthday.

Starting at a cableway station at an altitude of 3,842 metres, he
began before noon skiing down the Vallee Blanche, or White Valley, a
descent of about 2,000 metres.

Skiing slowly, Miura stopped often to snap photographs and take
some oxygen. He is thought to be the oldest person ever to attempt the
descent.

Miura was accompanied by his son Yuichiro, 70, his 37-year-old
granddaughter Yuta, his great-granddaughter Rio, aged 4, as well as
about 30 members of his personal ``fan club'' and 10 guides.

However, local skiing authorities forbid little Rio from
accompanying her great-grandfather down the mountain - because of her
age.

Miura replied that she could ski with him later, when she was old
enough.

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