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  Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: Keizo Miura 100th Birthday & 4 Generations Skiing Expedition Successful


~Grand Ski Descent of 170 skiers of age between 1 and 100~

Keizo Miura, a Japanese pioneer of Mountain Skiing and Mountaineering Cinematography who has just celebrated his centennial birthday on February 15th, succeeded his 4 generations ski descent together with more than 170 friends and family members on the morning of February 28th (Western Time) at Snowbird Ski Resort in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

The Miura family arrived in Salt Lake City with more than 120 members joined from all over Japan on February 25th. The party was halted by unfavorable condition influenced by low pressure for the first couple of days; however, on the last day at Snowbird Ski Resort showed a brief moment of recovery in weather, enabling the party to proceed with the expedition. The party was joined by more than 50 skiers from the US, totaling to 170 members, and were lifted to the 3,000 meters to descend the Bassackwards run. The descent commenced at about 9 A.M. (Western Time) led by Keizo (Age 100), Keizo’s son Yuiichiro (Age 71), second grandson Gota (Age 34), great-granddaughter Rio (Age 4), first grandson Yuta (Age 38), Yuta’s wife Rie (Age 31) and great-grandson Yuki (Age 1). The group gathered at Big Emma -one of the biggest ski slopes at the Resort-, fell into a formation and skied down the last 700 meters to mark the finale of Keizo Miura’s 100th Birthday & 4 Generations Skiing Expedition.

Comments After the Descent: Keizo Miura : “ My primary objective for this trip to the US was for I, who is now 100 years old, to make the 4 generations ski descent. I am very happy that I have fulfilled this goal today. Despite of the heavy snow storm the condition had miraculously recovered for a brief moment, and we are able to make the decent in the wonderful new powder snow.. There is no better way to celebrate my 100th birthday than being able to wholeheartedly enjoy skiing with my family and friends. I have become 100 years old, yet, as long as my health allows, I wish to continue skiing with firm goals to achieve every coming year.”

Yuichiro Miura (oldest man to summit Everest): “This 3,000 meters ski descent with more than 100 skiers ranging from age 1 to 100, can be described as a great historical record in the 5,000 years of skiing history of human kind. I believe that my 100 years old father Keizo is able to continue skiing because of this grand support he gets from friends gathering for him like this, moreover, his ultimate passion for skiing.”

Rio Miura (Age 4): “ I had so much fun. Ultra-Grandpa’s so good at skiing! I’m going to try harder too.”

After the descent, Mr. Dick Bass, a longtime friend of Yuichiro Miura and the owner of Snowbird Ski Resort, arrived from Dallas to celebrate this occasion has given warm welcome speech and toss, “Thank you so much for choosing Snowbird as the venue for such a memorable event. Toss to health, love, wealth, and time and long life to enjoy all!”

As another surprise, Mr. Jimmy Carter, the former President of the United States, who happened to be skiing at Snowbird Ski Resort heard this news of Miura family making this historical record, greeted the Miuras with an honorable speech; “I have been Mr. Yuichiro Miura’s great fan since I saw his documentary film The Man Who Skied Down Mt. Everest in the 1970’s, and have felt true heroism in the way he leads his life. As much as I feel very lucky to be able to meet Mr. Miura, I am also deeply moved that his father Mr. Keizo Miura continues to ski actively at the age of 100. This family is a true inspiration to not only to the people of the United States, but to the entire world.”

The Miura Family and the party of 120 family and friends from Japan will enjoy skiing at few other ski resorts in Salt Lake City, and are scheduled to return to Japan on March 5th.

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