Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu expresses his appreciation for support before people who gathered for an event unveiling a monument celebrating his victory in the Pyeongchang Olympics. (Yosuke Fukudome)

SENDAI--Figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu returned as the conquering hero to his hometown on April 20, striking a pose in front of a monument celebrating his gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics, which figures to be a major draw for fans.

“I am hoping that the monument will spark an influx of tourists to Sendai,” Hanyu, 24, said at an unveiling ceremony in the city’s Aoba Ward on April 20.

The piece is to be installed at the International Center Station of the subway on April 29.

The station is already home to two other monuments--one marking Hanyu winning gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the other celebrating Shizuka Arakawa’s gold at the 2006 Torino Olympics. Arakawa spent much of her younger days growing up in Sendai.

Hanyu’s new monument features him posing at the beginning of his free program at last year's Games titled “Seimei” with his right hand positioned before his face and left hand raised overhead with the palm up.

“(The pose) represents power governing heaven, earth and people,” he explained to the audience gathered for the event. “I was skating with confidence at the time.”

Hanyu also said he wanted people to compare his two depictions.

“My facial expressions and poses are different in the monuments,” he said. “I would like people to pay attention to those details.”

Hanyu noted that Sendai is still rebuilding eight years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami ravaged the city and elsewhere in the Tohoku region.

“I am determined to do as much as I can to help the city,” he said.

A 68-year-old woman from the city’s Izumi Ward who attended the event said she was touched by Hanyu's words.

“I was moved to the point of tears after listening to his unwavering commitment to the rebuilding efforts,” she said.