Figure Skater Hanyu Receives People's Honor Award

Figure skater Hanyu receives People's Honor Award

Two-time Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu has received Japan's People's Honor Award.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presented the award to Hanyu at a ceremony at the prime minister's office on Monday.

Hanyu won his first Olympic gold medal in the men's singles at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, and successfully defended his title at this year's PyeongChang Games.

Hanyu is the first male figure skater in 66 years to win gold at 2 successive Olympics. He has also won 4 consecutive Grand Prix finals and gold at 2 world championships.

Abe said Hanyu overcame personal plight resulting from the massive earthquake of 2011, and later an ankle injury ahead of the PyeongChang Games, to achieve the feat.

He also said Hanyu has deeply moved and encouraged many people, given hope to society, and sent a strong message about the effort to recover from the 2011 disaster.

Hanyu attended the ceremony wearing a traditional Japanese outfit made of silk from Sendai, the city he is from.

Abe wished him further success. In response, Hanyu said he will work hard to prepare for his next event.

Hanyu is the 26th individual to receive the award. At 23, he is also the youngest.

After the ceremony, he told reporters he is determined to live up to the award both as a skater and a person.