Full name: Hiromi Yamamoto (-Yamanaka)
Original name: 山本 (-山中) 宏美
Height: 5-3 (161 cm)
Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
Born: April 21, 1970 in Shiraoi, Hokkaido, Japan
Affiliations: New Oji Paper Corporation
Sport: Speed Skating
Related Olympians: Wife of Takeshi Yamanaka.
Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)
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).
|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|
|1994 Winter||23||Lillehammer||Speed Skating||Japan||Final Standings||15||2:06.54||27.87||59.67||1:32.63|
|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|
|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|