AP

Yuzuru Hanyu latest Japanese Olympic gold medalist to receive prestigious award

Leave a comment

TOKYO (AP) — Two-time Olympic figure skating gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu will receive the People’s Honor Award, the Japanese government announced on Friday.

Established in 1977, the natinoal award has been given to 25 individuals and one group for their achievements in sports, entertainment and culture.

Other Olympic gold medalists to have received the prestigious award are judoka Yasuhiro Yamashita, wrestlers Saori Yoshida and Kaori Icho and marathon runner Naoko Takahashi.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the presentation ceremony will be held on July 2 in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office.

The 23-year-old Hanyu will be the youngest individual to receive the award.

Hanyu became the first male figure skater in more than six decades to win consecutive Olympic gold medals when he took gold at the PyeongChang Olympics in February.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: U.S. Olympic figure skater makes coaching change

Yuzuru Hanyu, injured, latest to drop out of figure skating worlds

AP
Leave a comment

Yuzuru Hanyu is the 12th PyeongChang Olympic medalist to withdraw from the world figure skating championships later this month, citing a right ankle injury that kept him from November until the Winter Games.

Hanyu needs “two weeks of rest and three months of rehabilitation” for ankle ligament damage and other injuries, according to the Japan Skating Federation via Agence France-Presse.

“As the result of medical diagnosis, I am not able to compete in the world championships, but I will focus on treatment and rehabilitation so that I can return to full health as soon as possible,” Hanyu said in a statement, according to AFP. “I will continue to do what I can, little by little.”

Hanyu’s withdrawal means that the men’s field in Milan in two weeks includes zero past Olympic or world champions. Hanyu claimed gold at the last two Olympics, becoming the first repeat men’s champion since Dick Button in 1948 and 1952, and at the 2014 and 2017 Worlds.

Top skaters often skip the world championships that are held one month after the Olympics for fatigue or off-ice opportunities.

Spain’s Javier Fernandez, the 2015 and 2016 World champion, said after taking bronze in PyeongChang that he would skip worlds.

Canadian Patrick Chan, the 2011, 2012 and 2013 World champion, withdrew from worlds and is widely reported to have retired.

Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno from Japan and fourth- and fifth-place finishers Jin Boyang of China and American Nathan Chen are the medal favorites for worlds.

Other notable skaters missing worlds:
Adam Rippon (USA)
Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA)
Meagan Duhamel
/Eric Radford (CAN) — Retired
Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN) — Possibly retiring
Yekaterina Bobrova/Dmitry Soloviyev (RUS)

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Best figure skating moments from PyeongChang Olympics

Hanyu’s gold was No. 1,000 awarded in Winter Olympics

hanyu
Getty Images
Leave a comment

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP)  – Yuzuru Hanyu’s latest victory has an extra-special place in Olympics history.

The Japanese figure skater won the 1,000th gold medal since the Winter Games began in 1924, defending his title in the men’s individual competition on Saturday. Hanyu was also the first man to win consecutive golds in the event since American Dick Button did it in 1948 and 1952.

The first Winter Olympics was held in Chamonix, France, and American speedskater Charles Jewtraw won the first gold medal there in the men’s 500 meters.

The Pyeongchang Games had another milestone set earlier this week when snowboarder Shaun White won the men’s halfpipe to give the United States its 100th winter gold.

RELATED: A history of Team USA’s 100 Winter Olympic gold medals