Hanyu gets hero’s welcome in parade

kyodo

Sochi Olympic figure skating gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu on Saturday was honored in a parade in his hometown, with some 92,000 people gathering to see the event.

Hanyu, the first Japanese to win a gold medal in the men’s singles Olympic competition, waved to fans from a car moving through downtown Sendai.

Prior to the parade, the 19-year-old was given an award by Miyagi Gov. Yoshihiro Murai.

“I’m really pleased to bring a gold medal to Sendai,” said Hanyu, adding,” Please don’t forget about the disaster-hit areas.”