Yuzuru Hanyu Makes Special Museum Donation
Ever wanted to see a piece of Yuzuru Hanyu‘s Olympic memorabilia up close and personal?
Now you can, at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The Japanese figure skater has joined a long list of illustrious names who have donated items to the museum.
And he’s chosen a very special piece of equipment to be exhibited.
Hanyu became the first Japanese man to win Olympic figure skating gold when he did so at Sochi 2014.
The 23-year-old then defended his title earlier this year in PyeongChang, the first man in 66 years to do so.
He has donated his competition gloves to the museum.
The gloves will form part of the News corner of the museum’s Permanent Exhibition.
The two-time world champion is the fourth Japanese athlete to donate something to the Olympic Museum.
Marathoner Naoko Takahashi, gymnast Kohei Uchimura, and ski jumper Noriaki Kasai have paved the way before Hanyu.
Other international stars have also displayed their prized Olympic possessions in Lausanne.
After Rio 2016, gymnastics champion Simone Biles offered her crystal-studded leotard, while Brazil’s pole vault hero Thiago Braz da Silva gave up his winning spikes.
What's Next for Hanyu?
The museum donation is just the latest recognition of his achievements.
Hanyu is set to become just the 27th recipient of Japan’s People’s Honour Award next month.
He’ll have a new training partner next season, too.
Russian Evgenia Medvedeva, who won silver for the Olympic Athletes from Russia team in PyeongChang, is due to join him in Toronto to train under Brian Orser.
It may now be the figure skating off-season, but why not re-live Hanyu’s free skate gold medal performance from Korea once again?