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Hiroyasu Shimizu

Full name: Hiroyasu Shimizu
Original name: 清水 宏保
Gender: Male
Height: 5'4" (162 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: February 27, 1974 in Obihiro, Hokkaido, Japan
Affiliations: Nihon University/Sankyo Seki/NEC
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

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 Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1994 Winter 19 Lillehammer Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Japan JPN 5
1994 Winter 19 Lillehammer Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Japan JPN 19
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Japan JPN 1 Gold OR
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Japan JPN 3 Bronze OR
2002 Winter 27 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Japan JPN 2 Silver OR
2006 Winter 31 Torino Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Japan JPN 18

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1994 Winter 19 Lillehammer Speed Skating Japan Final Standings 5 36.60 9.79
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Speed Skating Japan Final Standings 1 OR 71.35
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Speed Skating Japan Race 1 1 OR 35.76 9.66
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Speed Skating Japan Race 2 1 OR 35.59 9.54
2002 Winter 27 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Japan Final Standings 2 OR 69.26
2002 Winter 27 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Japan Race 1 2 OR 34.61 9.51
2002 Winter 27 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Japan Race 2 2 34.65 9.47
2006 Winter 31 Torino Speed Skating Japan Final Standings 18 71.44
2006 Winter 31 Torino Speed Skating Japan Race 1 14 35.66 9.67
2006 Winter 31 Torino Speed Skating Japan Race 2 21 35.78 9.74

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1994 Winter 19 Lillehammer Speed Skating Japan Final Standings 19 1:15.01 16.83 44.39
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Speed Skating Japan Final Standings 3 OR 1:11.00 16.57 42.60