Shizuka Arakawa is a gorgeous Japanese figure skater. She is the first Japanese figure skater to win both the World Championships and the Olympics. Shizuka is one of the most celebrated Japanese figure skaters of all time. You can read her biography, see her photos and a video below.
When Shizuka Arakawa won the gold at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, she became the first Japanese skater to win the Olympics. She also became the first Japanese skater to win both the Olympics and the World Championships. She broke her own best personal scores in both the short program and the freestyle skate. She was the first Olympic gold medalist in Asia. She has retired from competitive figure skating and is now a sportscaster on Japanese television. She still skates professionally in Japan as well as other countries. She’s active in charities and other media events.
Shizuka Arakawa was born on December 29, 1981 in Tokyo, Japan. She grew up in Sendai, Japan. She is the only child of Koichi and Sachi Arakawa. Shizuka started skating when she was five-years-old. She says she started skating because she liked the pretty uniforms and wanted to wear one herself. By the time she was 8-years-old she was being called a ‘child genius’ because of her outstanding ability on the ice rink.
Shizuka’s career has been full of ‘firsts’ from a very early age. She was the first skater to win three consecutive junior national titles. She first represented Japan in the Olympics at the 1998 Ngano Winter Olympics. She was only 16 at that time.
Shizuka graduated from Waseda University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences in 2004. She loves gourmet cooking and her dogs. She has Shih Tzu and a Kaninchen Dashound. She loves to watch sports. She likes roses, Christina Aguilera and the movie ‘Legally Blond’. She looks up to Yuka Sato and Kristi Yamaguchi.