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Seiko Hashimoto

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameSeiko•Hashimoto (-Ishizaki)
Used nameSeiko•Hashimoto
Original name橋本•聖子
Born5 October 1964 in Hayakita, Hokkaido (JPN)
Measurements156 cm / 58 kg
AffiliationsFujikyu / Komadai Toma
NOC Japan

Biography

Within twelve years, Seiko Hashimoto took part in seven Olympics, competing in both speed skating and track cycling. She appeared destined to compete in the Olympics: born just before the Tokyo Games, her father named her after the Olympic flame (seika). As a skater, Hashimoto could medal in both all-around and sprint competitions: she won a bronze in the 1989 World Sprint Championships, and medalled in both the 1990 and 1991 World All-Around Championships. She completed her medal collection by winning bronze at the 1992 Albertville Games (1500 m). In the summer months, Seiko Hashimoto switched from skating to cycling. Although her results in that sport were less remarkable, she still competed in three Olympics.

At the time of her last Olympic appearance, Hashimoto had already embarked on a new career, having been elected to the House of Councillors of the Japanese parliament in 1995. In 2008, she was made vice-minister of foreign affairs in the cabinet of prime minister Taro Aso, himself a former Olympian. Seiko Hashimoto also became head of the Japanese Skating Federation in 2006. In February 2021 she was named as the new President of the Organizing Committee for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, replacing Yoshiro Mori, who resigned after he made remarks offensive to women in the workplace.

Personal Bests: 500 – 39.74 (1988); 1000 – 1:19.75 (1988); 1500 – 2:03.80 (1990); 3000 – 4:21.07 (1994); 5000 – 7:29.79 (1994).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1984 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) JPN Seiko Hashimoto
500 metres, Women (Olympic) =11
1,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 12
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 15
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 19
1988 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) JPN Seiko Hashimoto
Sprint, Women (Olympic) 2 h2 r2/5
1988 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) JPN Seiko Hashimoto
500 metres, Women (Olympic) 5
1,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 5
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 6
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) =7
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 6
1992 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) JPN Seiko Hashimoto
Individual Pursuit, Women (Olympic) 11
1992 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) JPN Seiko Hashimoto
500 metres, Women (Olympic) 12
1,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 5
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 12
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 9
1994 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) JPN Seiko Hashimoto
1,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 21
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 9
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 6
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 8
1996 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) JPN Seiko Hashimoto
Individual Pursuit, Women (Olympic) 12
Points Race, Women (Olympic) 9

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
President Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2021— JPN Seiko Hashimoto

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1988 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony JPN Seiko Hashimoto

Special Notes