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Japanese Gymnast Racks up Olympian $5,000 ‘Pokemon Go’ Bill in Rio

Being an Olympic gymnast takes dedication, but so does being a "Pokemon Go" player.

Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura said he racked up $5,000 in data roaming charges after playing in Brazil before the game's official release there on Wednesday.

Image: Japan's Uchimura reacts during the men's team final at the World Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro arena in Glasgow
Japan's Kohei Uchimura reacts during the men's team final at the World Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland, on October 28, 2015. Phil Noble / Reuters

Uchimura caught "Pokemon Go" fever a little later than usual and said he only downloaded the app after arriving in Sao Paulo for pre-Olympic training.

His teammate, Kenzo Shirai said Uchimura "looked dead at the team meal that day" after finding out what his Pokemon wrangling had cost, according to Japan's Kyodo News.

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Thankfully the story has a happy ending for the Olympian, who said he explained the situation to his service provider and "lucked out" when they agreed to move him to a flat $30 per day rate.

Now that he has that settled, Uchimura can focus on the big reason he came to Rio — winning that gold medal. Uchimura is the reigning men's all-around gold medal champion and a favorite to pull off the feat in Rio.

"Uchimura may not get any Pokemon, but he will surely get gold," Nikkan Sports predicted.

The men's competition begins Saturday, August 6.