Ryuichi Obitani

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Referee
Full nameRyuichi•Obitani
Used nameRyuichi•Obitani
Original name帯谷•竜一
Born4 September 1908 in Sumiyoshi, Kobe, Hyogo (JPN)
AffiliationsKeio University/Mita Skating Club
NOC Japan


Ryuichi Obitani, a student from Keio University, never won a title at national championships in figure skating. After a fourth place in 1930 and a second place in 1931, he had to skip the following championships due to his participation in the Winter Olympics. In 1933, Obitani returned with another fourth place. He was ranked eighth at the World Championships in 1932 in Montréal, and 12th at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics. At home, Obitani took the title at the student championships in 1931. Forty years after his Olympic appearance as an athlete, he acted as judge in the women’s event at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) JPN Ryuichi Obitani
Singles, Men (Olympic) 12


Games Sport (Discipline) / Event NOC / Team Phase Unit Role As
1972 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) JPN Ryuichi Obitani
Singles, Women (Olympic) Final Standings Judge #8
Singles, Women (Olympic) Compulsory Figures Judge #8
Singles, Women (Olympic) Free Skating Judge #8