Hiromi Yamamoto

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHiromi•Yamamoto (-Yamanaka)
Used nameHiromi•Yamamoto
Original name山本 (-山中)•宏美
Born21 April 1970 in Shiraoi, Hokkaido (JPN)
Measurements161 cm / 55 kg
AffiliationsNew Oji Paper Corporation
NOC Japan


A rare Japanese long distance specialist, Hiromi Yamamoto was unknown in speed skating circles until 1994. After winning two Asian distance titles, she suddenly placed second in a 3,000 m World Cup. Given no more than an outsider chance to medal at the Olympics, she then surprised all by taking home the 5,000 m bronze. Her Olympic medal was the first for a Japanese female skater; it also turned out to be Yamamoto’s only major success. In 1994/1995, she achieved some World Cup results before retiring at the end of the season. Yamamoto later married ice hockey player Takeshi Yamanaka, who played for the same factory team as Yamamoto, the Oji Paper Company.

Personal Bests: 500 - 43.46 (1988); 1000 - 1:27.92 (1990); 1500 - 2:06.54 (1994); 3000 - 4:19.88 (1994); 5000 - 7:19.68 (1994).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1994 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) JPN Hiromi Yamamoto
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 15
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 7
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze

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