I’m so immensely proud of Japanese Olympian Takashi Miyazawa, who crossed the finish line at the Great Wall yesterday in the Men’s Road Race cycling event while his jubilant, healthy mother, Junko cheered him on. Seven years ago, Miyazawa put his cycling dreams on hold (he was determined to ride the Tour de France) to donate a portion of his liver to Junko, who was dying of liver disease. Yesterday, he proved to the world that no detour through a living organ donation journey could dash his Olympic hopes. Miyazawa, a two-time Tour de Okinawa winner, finished 86th in yesterday’s race.
The only paper I can find that has covered Miyazawa’s accomplishment is a daily Japanese paper — here’s the story in English.