Toshinobu Kawai

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameToshinobu•Kawai
Used nameToshinobu•Kawai
Original name河合•季信
Born19 December 1967 in Nagoya, Aichi (JPN)
Measurements173 cm / 64 kg
NOC Japan
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


Toshinobu Kawai is a two-time overall World Champion in short-track, claiming the 1985 and 1987 title. He shared the latter with Michel Daignault of Canada. In addition, Kawai captured distance titles in the 1,000 m (1985, 1987) and 3,000 m (1986). With the Japanese relay squad, he furthermore won gold in 1985 and 1992, adding bronzes in 1983 and 1986. His Olympic career started in Calgary 1988, with short track still a demonstration sport. Four years later, Kawai and the Japanese relay team reached the final, eventually earning a bronze medal. It was the end of Kawai’s career, who now works at his alma mater, Tsukuba University.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1988 Winter Olympics Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) JPN Toshinobu Kawai
500 metres, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 8
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 14
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 10
5,000 metres Relay, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) Japan 5
3,000 m, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 10
1992 Winter Olympics Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) JPN Toshinobu Kawai
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 23
5,000 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Japan 3 Bronze

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