On February 19, 2018, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a congratulatory phone call to speed skater Nao Kodaira, who won the gold medal in the women’s 500-meter speed skating event at the PyeongChang Olympic Games. Kodaira is captain of the Japanese team, and her gold medal is Japan's first in women's speedskating.
The Prime Minister also congratulated figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu on his second gold. Hanyu was badly injured last year, but has made an incredible comeback. From PM Abe's Twitter message, "Huge congratulations to Mr. Yuzuru Hanyu on capturing a second consecutive Olympic gold, despite overcoming an injury. Your stunning performance on the ice was truly moving. Thank you for touching our hearts!"
As of Friday, February 23, Japan has brought home 11 medals.