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SOCHI, Russia (CNN) – Yuzuru Hanyu was ice skating in the Japanese city of Sendai when the 2011 earthquake hit, forcing him to run for his life – still wearing his skates – before the ice rink collapsed.

He lived not only to tell the tale, but to win gold at the Sochi Olympics.

CNN's Amanda Davies sat down to talk to him. Watch the video above to see the interview.