Internet search
Name News Original
English Japanese

Mitsuo Tsukahara

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 5
Silver 1
Bronze 3
Total 9
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameMitsuo•Tsukahara
Used nameMitsuo•Tsukahara
Original name塚原•光男
Born22 December 1947 in Tokyo, Tokyo (JPN)
Measurements167 cm / 66 kg
NOC(s) Japan

Biography

Mitsuo Tsukahara competed in three Olympics and won a total of nine medals including five golds – three with the team and two in horizontal bar. He also won three consecutive gold medals with the team at the World Championships (1970, 1974, and 1978), adding another gold in horse vault and silver in all-around and rings in 1970. At the 1970 World Championships, while winning the gold medal on vault, he also first performed competitively the jump which has since been named after him. The original “Tsukahara” was a quarter-on entry handspring followed by a salto backwards in tuck position, but many variations on all apparatuses have been used since.

After his retirement Tsukahara started coaching and in 2009 he was awarded with a Medal of Honor with purple ribbon. His wife Chieko Oda competed in the 1968 Olympics and their son Naoya Tsukahara, also a three-time Olympian, like his father, won gold with the team at the 2004 Olympics and also won six World Championships medals.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1968 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 18 Representing Japan    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Japan 1 Gold
  Floor Exercise, Men Olympic 4
  Horse Vault, Men Olympic =27 r1/2
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic =74 r1/2
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic =11 r1/2
  Rings, Men Olympic 4
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic =53 r1/2
1972 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 8 Representing Japan    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Japan 1 Gold
  Floor Exercise, Men Olympic 8 r1/1
  Horse Vault, Men Olympic =71 r1/1
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic =11 r1/1
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  Rings, Men Olympic 3 Bronze
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic =34 r1/1
1976 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Japan    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Japan 1 Gold
  Floor Exercise, Men Olympic =8 r1/1
  Horse Vault, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic 3 Bronze
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  Rings, Men Olympic =9 r1/1
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic 8 r1/1

Olympic family relations