Yoshihiro Kitazawa

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Referee
Full nameYoshihiro•Kitazawa
Used nameYoshihiro•Kitazawa
Original name北沢•欣浩
Born4 August 1962 in Kushiro, Hokkaido (JPN)
Measurements168 cm / 61 kg
AffiliationsHosei University, Tokyo (JPN)
NOC Japan
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Yoshihiro Kitazawa had a fairly unremarkable career, except for one race at the 1984 Winter Olympics. Out of nowhere, he won Japan’s first ever Olympic speed skating medal, placing second in the 500 m. Earlier in the year, Kitazawa had qualified for the Japanese team by placing third in the National Sprint Championships, his best result in that competition. His only other international appearance that season was unremarkable, finishing in 22nd in the World Sprint Championships, and his only other notable result was a fourth place in the 500 m at the 1986 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo. Kitazawa retired in 1988.

Personal Bests: 500 – 37.3 (1985); 1000 – 1:17.95 (1984); 1500 – 2:06.69 (1982).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1984 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) JPN Yoshihiro Kitazawa
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 31


Games Sport (Discipline) / Event NOC / Team Phase Unit Role As
2014 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) JPN Yoshihiro Kitazawa
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Starter
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Starter
Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men (Olympic) Final Standings Starter

Special Notes