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Manabu Horii

Full name: Manabu Horii
Original name: 堀井 学
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: February 19, 1972 in Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan
Affiliations: Senshu University / Oji Paper Corporation / PJM Japan
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Manabu Horii appeared as a new sprint talent in 1993. Initially a 500 m skater, he took a bronze at the Lillehammer Olympics in that event. His 1000 m developed and allowed him to win a bronze at the 1996 World Sprint Championships. A week later, he bettered the World Record in the 1000 m and the sprint combination. He was expected to win the sprint title in 1997, but fell in his first race. Horii did win the remaining three distances, and later gained revenge by winning the 500 m gold at the World Single Distance Championships. But after that, Horii had difficulty adapting to the clap skate that revolutionized the skating world next season, and could not medal at his home Olympics. Manabu Horii was never able to master the new equipment, and retired after the 2002 Olympics. Four years later he returned to the Olympics as a speed skating commentator for NHK; in 2008 he was elected to the Japanese parliament for the Liberal Democrats.

Personal Bests: 500 – 34.90 (2001); 1000 – 1:09.23 (2002); 1500 – 1:52.22 (2001); 5000 – 8:36.06 (1990).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Japan JPN 3 Bronze
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Japan JPN 13
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Japan JPN 17T
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Japan JPN 14
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Japan JPN 22

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Speed Skating Japan Final Standings 3 36.53 9.80
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Speed Skating Japan Final Standings 13 72.78
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Speed Skating Japan Race 1 12T 36.37 9.82
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Speed Skating Japan Race 2 15T 36.41 9.78
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Japan Final Standings 14 70.32
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Japan Race 1 15 35.30 9.74
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Japan Race 2 15 35.02 9.78

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Speed Skating Japan Final Standings 17T 1:12.40 16.74 43.05
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Japan Final Standings 22 1:09.50 16.43 41.91