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Sylvia
04-21-2011, 03:55 PM
Golden Skate article: http://goldenskate.com/articles/2010/042111.shtml

"I spent three days at the evacuation center. At the center, a lot of people helped us so much, and therefore I would like to do anything for them. What I can do is just skating," he explained, referring to taking part in a charity show on April 9.
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Hanyu's house in Sendai was damaged, but his family can still live in it. However, a water pipe ruptured at the ice rink and caused severe damage. The rink is currently closed and it is unknown when it will reopen. As a result, Hanyu had to leave his home to be able to continue to train.

"It was ten days after the earthquake before I could start skating again. I went to Hachinohe City, Aomori prefecture with my coach and our club members, and now I am practicing at the Kanagawa skating rink in Yokohama City," the athlete said.

However, it is not clear yet where he will train for the upcoming season. "I just want to skate," Hanyu pointed out. "From the end of April (and in May), I am planning to skate in ice shows in Japan. I would like to put out all my emotions in the performances. I really hope that my skating will give the people strength and cheer them up. After the shows I will decide the details (for next season)."

Here's an English translation of a Japanese article in Nihon Keizai Shinbun newspaper about Hanyu's first-hand experience of last month's earthquake/tsunami: http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?34035-Thoughts-on-the-Japanese-tragedy-and-the-World-Figure-Skating-Championships&p=560350&viewfull=1#post560350

UMBS Go Blue
04-21-2011, 04:01 PM
(((Yuzuru, family, fellow skaters, and all affected))) :(

Sylvia
05-25-2011, 11:31 PM
mot has translated a short article in Japanese that updates Hanyu's situation and that of his rink in Sendai -- link to the post at Golden Skate: http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?34035-Thoughts-on-the-Japanese-tragedy-and-the-World-Figure-Skating-Championships&p=570782&viewfull=1#post570782

If you haven't already, please check out the Skating Friends Support Japan (http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=78500) thread in GSD.

mmot
05-28-2011, 01:58 PM
Sylvia, thank you for relaying the info. I should have posted here earlier, as well as at Golden Skate, but there is a good news coming from Sendai recently.

http://www.icerink-sendai.com/

According to their website, Ice Rink Sendai, which is a home rink to many Tohoku-based skaters including Yuzuru, is working to reopen at the beginning of August.