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Hiromi Yamamoto

Full name: Hiromi Yamamoto (-Yamanaka)
Original name: 山本 (-山中) 宏美
Gender: Female
Height: 5'3" (161 cm)
Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
Born: April 21, 1970 in Shiraoi, Hokkaido, Japan
Affiliations: New Oji Paper Corporation
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Wife of Takeshi Yamanaka.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

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).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Japan JPN 15
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Japan JPN 7
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Speed Skating Women's 5,000 metres Japan JPN 3 Bronze

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Speed Skating Japan Final Standings 15 2:06.54 27.87 59.67 1:32.63

Women's 3,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Speed Skating Japan Final Standings 7 4:22.37 20.99 53.86 1:27.02 2:00.73 2:35.46 3:10.87 3:46.68

Women's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Speed Skating Japan Final Standings 3 7:19.68 22.10 58.30 1:34.17 2:09.55 2:44.24 3:18.32 3:52.30 4:26.38 5:00.59 5:34.77 6:09.10 6:43.74