Games & medals

Games Results Sport Event
Turin 2006
Games Results Sport Event
Turin 2006
#1
Figure Skating Singles
Nagano 1998
Games Results Sport Event
Nagano 1998
#13 Figure Skating Singles

Shizuka ARAKAWA

Japan
Figure Skating
Height
164 cm / 5'5''
Weight
50 kg / 110 pounds
Birth date
29 Dec 1981 Kamakura, Japan
Gender
Female

Number of medals

1 Olympic medals

Olympic Games

2 Olympic Games

Shizuka ARAKAWA biography

Arakawa started figure skating as a young girl because she wanted to “wear those pretty clothes”. As a teenager, she made a fairly inconspicuous Olympic debut at Nagano, and disappeared into anonymity afterwards. She reappeared in 2003, winning gold medals at the Asian Winter Games and Winter Universiade, and placing 8th in the World Championships. The following season, she surprised by becoming the first Japanese woman to win the world title in 10 years. Her results in the following years did not earn her a role as a favourite for the 2006 Olympics, but she moved up from third place after the short program to become Japan’s first Olympic figure skating champion.

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