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Hiroyasu Shimizu

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameHiroyasu•Shimizu
Used nameHiroyasu•Shimizu
Original name清水•宏保
Born27 February 1974 in Obihiro, Hokkaido (JPN)
Measurements162 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsNihon University/Sankyo Seki/NEC
NOC(s) Japan

Biography

For most of his career, Hiroyasu Shimizu has counted as one of the world’s best 500 m skaters. He has taken the 500 m World title five times (1996, 1998-2001) and won Olypmic gold and silver in the distance. In 1995, 1997 and 2001, he also won the overall World Cup for this distance. Shimizu’s 1000 m was generally weaker, although he has won Olympic bronze and two World Championship medals in the event. Due to his weaker long sprint, Shimizu has never been able to win the World Sprint title. With three silvers, three bronzes and three fourth places, he is the best sprinter never to win the title. After winning the Olympic gold in 1998, Shimizu became the first man to break the 35-second barrier, setting his third of four 500 m World Records. His last World Record (34.42 in 2001) won him the Oscar Mathisen Trophy in for the year’s best speed skating performance. As the first Japanese speed skater to win an Olympic gold medal, Shimizu is a skating hero in his own country. This has allowed him to become the country’s first professional speed skater, and to continue racing well past his prime. In 2010, Shimizu will attempt to qualify for his fifth Olympics.

Personal Bests: 500 – 34.42 (2001); 1000 – 1:09.07 (2003); 1500 – 1:51.13 (2000); 5000 – 7:56.30 (1990).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1994 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 5 Representing Japan    
  1,000 metres, Men Olympic 19
1998 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Japan    
  1,000 metres, Men Olympic 3 Bronze
2002 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Japan    
2006 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 18 Representing Japan    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1998 Winter Olympics 9 February 1998 Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Race 1 35.76 1
1998 Winter Olympics 9 – 10 February 1998 Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men (2 races) Final Standings 71.35 1
1998 Winter Olympics 10 February 1998 Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Race 2 35.59 1
1998 Winter Olympics 15 February 1998 Speed Skating (Skating) 1,000 metres, Men Final Standings 1:11.00 3
2002 Winter Olympics 11 February 2002 Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Race 1 34.61 2
2002 Winter Olympics 11 – 12 February 2002 Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men (2 races) Final Standings 69.26 2

Other participations

Games Role Details
1998 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Japan    
1998 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony Representing Japan    

Special Notes