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Shizuka Arakawa


Jan 24, 2006
Shizuka Arakawa (in Japanese: 荒川 静香) is a former Japanese Ladies figure skater.

She was born on 29 December 1981 in Tokyo, Japan.

Shizuka is the 2006 Torino Winter Olympic Games champion, the 2004 World Champion, the 2003 Winter Universiade and Asian Games winner, a two-time Japanese national champion (1998 and 1999) and a multi-medalist of numerous GP and other ISU events.

Arakawa is the third Japanese Lady to become World Champion (after Midori Ito in and Yuka Sato in 1994) and the first Japanese skater to win an Olympic gold medal in figure skating and the second Japanese skater to win any Olympic medal in figure skating, after Midori Ito, who won silver in 1992. She is also the second Japanese woman to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics (the first one was Tae Satoya, a skier). She was the only Japanese medalist at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Her trademark move is the Ina Bauer with a full backbend. Due to Arakawa's use of this move during her free skate at the 2006 Olympics, the term "Ina Bauer" became very popular in Japan, and Arakawa's performance of it became iconic. The Ina Bauer move is often referred to in Japan by Arakawa's name.

Arakawa retired from competitive skating following her Olympic win and began skating professionally in ice shows and exhibitions. She also works as a skating sportscaster for Japanese television.

As of June 2019, she is married and has two children.


Wikipedia entry

Official Website

Social Media
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Personal Best Scores​

SP66.02XX Winter Olympic Games Torino 2006
LP/FS125.32XX Winter Olympic Games Torino 2006
TS191.34XX Winter Olympic Games Torino 2006

Programs and Videos
SP1: "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
SP2: "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" by Sergey Rachmaninov
FS1: "Violin Fantasy on Puccini's Turandot" by Vanessa-Mae
FS2: Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Ex: "You Raise Me Up" by Celtic Woman

2006 Olympic Games2006 Japanese National Championships2005 Trophée Eric Bompard2005 Cup of China
SP: "Madame Butterfly" by Giacomo Puccini
FS: "Romeo and Juliet Overture" by Tchaikovsky
Ex: ""Memory" (from "Cats" musical) by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Vocals by Grizabella

2005 World Championships2005 Japanese National Championships2005 Grand Prix Final2004 Cup of Russia2004 NHK Trophy2004 Campbell's International Figure Skating Classic2004 Marshall's World Skating Challenge
SP1: "Swan Lake" (modern version) by Tchaikovsky
SP2: "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" by Michel Legrand
FS: "Violin Fantasy on Puccini's Turandot" by Vanessa-Mae
Ex: "If I Had My Way" (from "Camille Claudel") by Linda Eder

2004 World Championships2004 Japanese National Championships2004 Grand Prix Final2003 Trophee Lalique2003 Skate Canada2003 ABC Sports Internationl Figure Skating Challenge
SP: "Swan Lake" (modern version) by Tchaikovsky
FS: "Titanic" by James Horner
Ex1: "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Louis Prima
Ex2: "Wind Song" by Tim Janis

2003 World Championships2003 Grand Prix Final2003 Four Continents Championships2003 Asian Winter Games2003 Japanese National Championships2002 NHK Trophy2002 Cup of Russia
SP: "Flamenco" / "Libertango" by Astor Piazzolla
FS: "Nessun Dorma" (from "Turandot") by Giacomo Puccini

2002 Four Continents Championships2002 Japanese National Championships2001 Trophée Lalique2001 Skate America
SP: "Tempest" by Fritz Kreisler
FS: "Red Violin (Aranjuez)" by Joaquin Rodrigo and Ikuko Kawai

2001 Four Continents Championships2000 Trophée Lalique
SP: "Giselle"
FS: Suite from "Mulan"

2000 Japanese National Championships1999 NHK Trophy1999 Sparkassen Cup on Ice
SP: "Serenade" by Schubert
FS: no information found
1998 NHK Trophy
SP: "Jungle Fantasy" by Percy Faith & His Orchestra
FS: "Red Poppy" by Reinhold Glière

1998 World Championships1998 Olympic Games1998 Japanese National Championships1997 NHK Trophy1997 Sparkassen (Nations) Cup on Ice1997 Japanese National Championships1996 NHK Trophy

SP: no information found
FS: Offenbach: "Gaîté Parisienne: No. 23bis", "Can-Can, Scene 4" (From "Orphée aux Enfers", "La Vie parisienne", "Les Contes d'Hoffmann")

1995/96 World Junior Championships1995 Nebelhorn Trophy
SP: "Gaîté Parisienne: Overture" ("La Vie Parisienne")
FS: no information found
1994 Nebelhorn Trophy
Rows in azure ---> Japanese domestic competitions

2006 Olympic Games311 (191.34)
2006 Japanese National Championships143 (187.36)
2005 Trophée Eric Bompard323 (173.30)
2005 Cup of China323 (173.60)
2005 Campbell's International Figure Skating ClassicN/A33 (105.86)
2005 Japan International Challenge-22 (110.87)
2005 World Championships599 (185.73)
2005 Japanese National Championships1-WD
2005 Grand Prix Final242 (160.24)
2004 Cup of Russia332 (155.52)
2004 NHK Trophy121 (179.06)
2004 Campbell's International Figure Skating ClassicN/A22
2004 Marshall's World Skating ChallengeN/A22
2004 World Championships211
2004 Japanese National Championships143
2004 Grand Prix Final533
2003 International Figure Skating ChallengeN/A22
2003 Trophee Lalique222
2003 Skate Canada322
2003 Skate America233
2003 ABC Sports Internationl Figure Skating ChallengeN/A77
2003 World Championships1178
2003 Grand Prix Final64/34
2003 Four Continents Championships222
2003 Asian Winter Games111
2003 Winter Universiade111
2003 Japanese National Championships723
2002 NHK Trophy233
2002 Cup of Russia745
2002 Four Continents Championships222
2002 Inter-College Skating Championships111
2002 Japanese National Championships222
]2001 Trophée Lalique946
2001 Skate America644
2001 Tokyo Regional Championships211
2001 Four Continents Championships376
2001 Japanese National Championships322
2000 Cup of Russia687
2000 Trophée Lalique999
2000 Eastern Japan Junior Championships1
2000 Tokyo Regional Championships2
2000 National Sports Festival1
2000 Japanese National Championships265
1999 NHK Trophy555
1999 Sparkassen Cup on Ice465
1999 Four Continents Championships766
1999 Asian Winter Games2
1999 Inter High School1
1999 Japanese National Championships111
1998 NHK Trophy888
1998 Skate America1099
1998 World Championships222122
1998 Olympic Games141413
1998 Asian Championships1
1998 Japanese National Championships211
1997 NHK Trophy666
1997 Nations (Sparkassen) Cup877
1997 Inter Junior High School1
1997 Japanese National Championships122
1996 NHK Trophy977
1996/97 World Junior Championships1088
1996/97 Asian Championships1
1996/7 Japanese National Junior Championships1
1996 Eastern Japan Junior Championships4
Tohoku-Hokkaido Regional Championships3
1996 Inter Junior High School1
1995/96 World Junior Championships687
1995/96 Japanese Junior National Championships1
1995 Eastern Japan Junior Championships1
1995 Nebelhorn Trophy411
1995 Inter Junior High School1
1994/95 World Junior Championships788
1994/95 Japanese Junior National Championships1
1994 Nebelhorn Trophy2
1994 Junior Grand Prix - St. Gervais2
1993/94 Triglav Trophy2
1993 Tohoku-Hokkaido Regional Championships1

Shows and Galas
2019 Fantasy on Ice -
2019 World Championships Opening Ceremony - special performance - Shizuka Arakawa, Stephane Lambiel, Nobunari Oda, Akiko Suzuki and Kanako Murakami -
2018 Christmas on Ice - Shizuka Arakawa and Stephane Lambiel "Let It Be" -
2018 NHK Trophy gala -
2017 Intimissimi on Ice - with Andrea Bocelli -
2016 Carnaval on Ice - "One World" -
2016 (?) - "Footprints in the Sand" -
2015 Christmas on Ice - "Everything" -
2016 Christmas on Ice - "Pie Jesu" -
2013 COI -
2013 Art on Ice - "Swan Lake" - /
2013 Art on Ice - "A moment Like This" with Leona Lewis -
2012 Opera on ice - "Madame Butterfly" -
2012 Ice Show - "Nessum Dorma" -
2011 Japan Open - "The Voice" -
2011 ABC Thin Ice - Shizuka Arakawa & Stepjane Lambiel -
2011 Art on Ice - "Who Wants to Live Forever" -
2011 Art on Ice - "Who Wants to Live Forever" with Katherine Jenkins -
2011 Art on Ice - Shizuka Arakawa and Donna Summer -
2009 Festa on Ice - "Listen" -
2009 Stars on ice - "Frozen" by Madonna -
2009 Japan Super Challenge - "Ave Maria" -
2009 Ice Jewelry - "It's a Beautiful Day" by Sarah Brightman -
2009 Ice All Stars - "Candyman" -
2008 Pensiero Stupendo - "Listen" -
2008 Prince Ice World - "Fly Me to the Moon" -
2007 Christmas on Ice - "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey -
2007 Golden Skate Awards -
2006 Japanese Stars on Ice - "Captain Mizuki" -
2006 MOI - "Turandot" -
2004 Expressions on Ice - "Memory" -
(?) - "Nella Fantasia" -
(?) - "The Music of the Night" with Il Divo and Barbra Streisand -

Articles, Interviews and Other Media
6 November 2015 - "Shizuka Arakawa Figure Skating Olympic Champion" by Olympic Channel -
8 August 2013 - Shizuka Arakawa on a talk show talking about Daisuke Takahashi -
26 February 2011 - "Skate Lesson with Shizuka Arakawa" -
11 October 2009 - Shizuka Arakawa documentary (in Japanese) -
2007 - wedding fluff -


Jan 24, 2006
Following my goal to open a fan fest for the Olympic and World Champions from the last few decades, I've just created a thread for Shizuka Arakawa. It's still under construction as I need to find all the available links to her programs and galas. I hope to do so over the next couple of days, but you can already start commenting.

Enjoy :)


Jan 24, 2006
I've finally terminated updating Shizuka's OP. I've added all the videos I could find and more details to the results table. Now I will make her bold in the Index :)


On the Ice
Aug 9, 2016
Arakawa made a brief appearance during the Opening Ceremony, turning the lights on for the kabuki performance, which was part of a comedy skit. My hometown is hosting Team USA's sitting volleyball team.

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Record Breaker
Oct 25, 2014
I was wondering if it was her! But couldn't find any information. 😀
The Canadian TV commentators said it was her. I'm sure they don't have superior powers of recognition, and were reading it from information supplied to them.


Record Breaker
Dec 9, 2019
Last day, the Mayor Cup of Sendai (which isn't an ISU competition, if I understand well, but attracts public and competitors on the seasonal outside rink) had Yuzuru Hanyu as a guest. This year, Shizuka Arakawa graced the event, but I haven't found out yet if she skated, like Yuzuru Hanyu had done. She was Sendai's (and Japan's) first Olympic Gold Medal in Figure Skating in 2006.


Record Breaker
Dec 9, 2019