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Midori Ito - Japanese & World Figure Skating Champion & Olympic Silver Medalist

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Midori Ito - Japanese and World Figure Skating Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist

Midori Ito - Japanese and World Figure Skating Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist

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Japanese Figure Skating Legend:

Japanese figure skating legend, Midori Ito, won the 1989 World Figure Skating Championships and the 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medal.

Midori Ito Made History:

Midori Ito was the first female figure skater to land a triple/triple jump combination and a triple Axel in competition. Also, she is the first Asian to win a world figure skating title.

Date of Birth:

August 13, 1969

Place of Birth:

Nagoya, Japan

Early Skating:

Midori Ito began skating when she was five years old, and began competing when she was six. At the age of eight, she landed her first triple jump.

Education:

Ito is a graduate of Tokai Women's High School and Tokai Gakuen Women's College.

Competition Highlights:

  • 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996 - Japanese National Figure Skating Champion
  • 1989 - World Figure Skating Champion
  • 1990 - World Figure Skating Silver Medalist
  • 1992 - Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist

Other Awards:

In 2004, Midori Ito was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

Triple Axel Records:

In addition to being the first woman to ever land the triple Axel jump in competition, at the 1992 Olympics, Midori Ito made history by becoming the first woman to ever land a triple Axel at the Olympics. In her competitive skating career, she landed a total of eighteen triple Axels in competitions.

Professional Career:

After the 1992 Olympics, Midori Ito retired from competitive skating. She won the World Professional Figure Skating title in 1993. She was the first woman to successfully perform a Triple Axel in a professional figure skating competition.

Ito continues to perform and coach skating. She also has served as a Japanese television figure skating commentator.

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