Japanese Figure Skater Hanyu Receives People's Honor Award

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Tokyo, July 2 (Jiji Press)--Two-time Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu received the Japanese government's People's Honor Award on Monday.

Hanyu, 23, appeared at the award ceremony, held at the prime minister's office, dressed in a traditional hakama made of textiles from his hometown of Sendai in the northeastern prefecture of Miyagi.

"I have a lot of things to accomplish," said Hanyu, who won a gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games in February to become the first male figure skater in 66 years to win a gold medal at two consecutive Olympics.

"I'd like to prepare for competitions and work hard in training," he added.

"Expectations for you are high," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Hanyu. "I want you to continue the hard work."

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