Double Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu was forced to flee his local ice rink when a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, seven years ago today. His story: pic.twitter.com/V7XPHTuDRd— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) March 11, 2018
Today marks seven years since the devastating 2011 Great Sendai #Earthquake of Japan 🇯🇵. Figure skater #YuzuruHanyu, then 16 years old, was training at his local rink in Sendai when the earthquake hit and he was forced to flee the collapsing rink, still wearing his skates. More than 15,000 people were killed and over 6000 severely injured in the disaster. Hanyu, now a double @olympics champion, performed an emotional tribute skate to the victims of the disaster at the #PyeongChang2018 figure skating gala. Click the link in the bio to find out more about his story.
Today is the 7 year anniversary of the 3.11 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Olympic Channel has posted a video on 2x Olympic Champion, Yuzuru Hanyu, and his experience with it. Yuzuru was only 16 and training at his home rink in Sendai. He had to run out of his collapsing rink while he was still wearing his skates without the guards on. He stayed in a school gymnasium, which was used as an evacuation center, for 3 days with this family. The water pipe in his rink got destroyed and his rink was closed, so he trained by doing ice shows across Japan. By searching "3.11" on https://fukko.yahoo.co.jp, 10 yen will be donated for every search.
This is a video from March 2016 where Yuzuru reflects on 3.11. He visits the last home standing near the Sendai airport and meets the owner. He also visits the school he and his family stayed in.
"Requiem of Heaven and Earth (from Requiem for the Great East Japan Earthquake 3.11)" was his exhibition piece for the 2015-2016 season and a beautiful tribute to those affected by the earthquake.