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Figure skating: Hanyu donates gloves to Olympic Museum in Switzerland

Japan’s two-time figure skating Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu has donated a pair of gloves to the Olympic Museum in Switzerland following a request by the International Olympic Committee, an informed source said recently.

The 23-year-old submitted a pair of Japan delegation gloves from February’s Pyeongchang Winter Games, where he became the first men’s figure skater in 66 years to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals.

Hanyu joins fellow Japanese medalists Naoko Takahashi, Kohei Uchimura and Noriaki Kasai, who have donated equipment and memorabilia to the museum, located near the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.


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The Toronto-based skater became the first Japanese male skater to win gold, at the 2014 Sochi Games in Russia, and defended his title at Pyeongchang despite having injured his right ankle in November.

In July, he will be the youngest individual to receive the People’s Honor Award from the Japanese government for his “historic achievement.” The award has been given to 25 individuals and one group for their achievements in sports, entertainment and culture.

In the past, Takahashi, who won gold in the 2002 Sydney Olympic women’s marathon, gave her shoes for exhibition at the museum, while two-time Olympic gymnastics champion Uchimura donated his Japan delegation uniform from the 2012 London Games.

Ski jumper Kasai handed the jump suit he wore in Sochi, where he won the silver medal in the men’s individual large hill event and team bronze.

All – Kyodo News+

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