Figure skater Hanyu among 684 spring decoration recipients

Apr 28, 2014

Figure skater Hanyu among 684 spring decoration recipients

Nineteen-year-old figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, who won a gold medal in the Sochi Olympics, is among the 684 people and 23 groups receiving this year’s spring decorations, including a record 206 women, the government said Monday. Joining Hanyu to receive the Medal with Purple ...

Hanyu gets hero's welcome in parade

Apr 26, 2014

Hanyu gets hero's welcome in parade

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 ...

Olympic stars return to Japan from Sochi

Feb 25, 2014

Olympic stars return to Japan from Sochi

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Men’s figure skating gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu has already put his triumph at the Sochi Olympics behind him and while he’s already looking ahead to the upcoming world championships, he isn’t looking far enough into the future to consider the possibility of adding a ...

Japanese medalists from the 2014 Winter Olympics

Feb 24, 2014

Japanese medalists from the 2014 Winter Olympics

February 21 Women’s ski halfpipe, bronze medal Ayana Onozuka Ayana Onozuka | AFP-JIJI Kyodo “All the work I put in has come to fruition. If it weren’t for all the support of those around me, I absolutely wouldn’t be here now…I feel I’m still ...

Japan's eight-medal haul delivered several Olympic success stories

Feb 23, 2014

Japan's eight-medal haul delivered several Olympic success stories

Despite a number of disappointments, Japan still made history at the Sochi Olympics, which concluded on Sunday. Although solid medal favorites such as women’s ski jumper Sara Takanashi and women’s figure skater Mao Asada failed to medal, Japan still managed eight medals, a Japan ...

Golden touch of super coach Orser taking hold

Feb 15, 2014

Golden touch of super coach Orser taking hold

Two-time Olympic silver medallist Brian Orser has finally gotten his two figure skating gold medals at the Winter Olympics. Thirty years ago, the Canadian suffered the first of the two biggest disappointments of his sporting career, taking silver in Sarajevo, and finishing as the ...