At a glance

29 Dec 1981 Kamakura, Japan
164 cm / 50 kg 5'5'' / 110 pounds
Female

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...

Shizuka in numbers

2
Olympics
Olympics
1
medals
Gold medal:1 Silver medal: Bronze medal:
  • Turin
    Turin 2006
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Turin
    Turin 2006
    • 1 Gold medal
      Figure Skating
      Singles
  • Nagano
    Nagano 1998
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Nagano
    Nagano 1998
    • 13
      Figure Skating
      Singles

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