At a glance

5 Oct 1964 Hayakita, Japan
156 cm / 58 kg 5'1'' / 127 pounds
Female
Within twelve years, Seiko Hashimoto took part in seven Olympics, competing in both speed skating and track cycling. She appeared destined to compete in the Olympics: born just before the Tokyo Games, her father named her after the Olympic flame (). As a skater, Hashimoto could medal in both all-around and sprint competitions: she won a bronze in the 1989 World Sprint Championships, and medalled in both the 1990 and 1991 World All-Around Championships. She completed her medal collection by winning bronze at the 1992 Albertville Games (1500 m). In the summer months, Seiko Hashimoto switched from skating to cycling....

Within twelve years, Seiko Hashimoto took part in seven Olympics, competing in both speed skating and track cycling. She appeared destined to compete in the Olympics: born just before the Tokyo Games, her father named her after the Olympic flame (seika). As a skater, Hashimoto could medal in both all-around and sprint competitions: she won a bronze in the 1989 World Sprint Championships, and medalled in both the 1990 and 1991 World All-Around Championships. She completed her medal collection by winning bronze at the 1992 Albertville Games (1500 m). In the summer months, Seiko Hashimoto switched from skating to cycling. Although her results in that sport were less remarkable, she still competed in three Olympics. At the time of her last Olympic appearance, Hashimoto had already embarked on a new career, having been elected to the House of Councillors of the Japanese parliament in 1995. In 2008, she was made vice-minister of foreign affairs in the cabinet of prime minister Taro Aso, himself a former Olympian. Seiko Hashimoto also became head of the Japanese Skating Federation in 2006.

Personal Bests: 500 – 39.74 (1988); 1000 – 1:19.75 (1988); 1500 – 2:03.80 (1990); 3000 – 4:21.07 (1994); 5000 – 7:29.79 (1994).

Seiko in numbers

5
Olympics
Olympics
1
medals
Gold medal: Silver medal: Bronze medal:1
  • Lillehammer
    Lillehammer 1994
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Lillehammer
    Lillehammer 1994
    • 21
      Speed Skating
      1,000 metres
    • 9
      Speed Skating
      1,500 metres
    • 6
      Speed Skating
      3,000 metres
    • 8
      Speed Skating
      5,000 metres
  • Albertville
    Albertville 1992
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Albertville
    Albertville 1992
    • 12
      Speed Skating
      500 metres
    • 5
      Speed Skating
      1,000 metres
    • 3 Bronze medal
      Speed Skating
      1,500 metres
    • 12
      Speed Skating
      3,000 metres
    • 9
      Speed Skating
      5,000 metres
  • Calgary
    Calgary 1988
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Calgary
    Calgary 1988
    • 5
      Speed Skating
      500 metres
    • 5
      Speed Skating
      1,000 metres
    • 6
      Speed Skating
      1,500 metres
    • =7
      Speed Skating
      3,000 metres
    • 6
      Speed Skating
      5,000 metres
  • Sarajevo
    Sarajevo 1984
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Sarajevo
    Sarajevo 1984
    • =11
      Speed Skating
      500 metres
    • 12
      Speed Skating
      1,000 metres
    • 15
      Speed Skating
      1,500 metres
    • 19
      Speed Skating
      3,000 metres
  • Atlanta
    Atlanta 1996
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Atlanta
    Atlanta 1996
    • 12
      Cycling
      Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres
    • 9
      Cycling
      Points Race
  • Barcelona
    Barcelona 1992
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Barcelona
    Barcelona 1992
    • 11
      Cycling
      Individual Pursuit, 3,000 metres
  • Seoul
    Seoul 1988
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Seoul
    Seoul 1988
    • 2 h2 r2/5
      Cycling
      Sprint

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