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Yuzuru Hanyu at the 2014 Olympics
Yuzuru Hanyu at the 2014 Olympics

During his three Olympic seasons, Yuzuru Hanyu (pictured), a Japanese figure skater, won two gold medals in the men's singles event, one each in 2014 and 2018. He also placed fourth in 2022. In 2014, at the age of 19, he became the first Asian men's singles skater to win an Olympic gold medal, and the youngest male skater to win the title since American Dick Button did in 1948. In 2018, Hanyu became the first male singles skater in 66 years to win gold medals in consecutive Winter Olympics since Button, who also won in 1952. Hanyu received the People's Honour Award from the Prime Minister of Japan as well as two Medals of Honor with Purple Ribbon. He also received the Kikuchi Kan Prize for his accomplishments, including his back-to-back Olympic titles. Two monuments in memory of his Olympic wins were erected at the International Center Station in Sendai, his hometown. He was also listed in ESPN's World Fame 100 and The Dominant 20, as well as Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia for his success in 2018. (Full article...)

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A Let L-410 Turbolet plane flying low over treetops

Let Kunovice, operating as Let, n.p., is a Czech (before December 1993 Czechoslovak) civil aircraft manufacturer. Its most successful design has been the L-410 Turbolet, of which more than 1,300 units have been built (an upgraded version, the L-410 NG, is pictured here). Its head office is in Kunovice, Uherské Hradiště District. Let was owned by the Russian company UGMK from 2008 to 2022, when it was acquired by Czech-based Omnipol Group.

Photograph credit: Julian Herzog

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