|Midori Ito Quick Info|
|Height||4 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||August 13, 1969|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Midori Ito is a Japanese former figure skater who is widely regarded as one of the greatest figure skaters of all time. She had won the ‘Gold’ medal at the 1989 World Figure Skating Championships, the 1984 Skate Canada International, the 1987 Fujifilm Trophy, the 1991 Internationaux de France, the NHK Trophy (1984, 1985, 1988-1991), and the 1983 Prague Skate trophy. Midori had also claimed the ‘Silver’ medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics, the 1990 World Figure Skating Championships, the Skate America competition (1988, 1990), the NHK Trophy (1986, 1987), and the 1983–84 International Challenge Cup. She had stood 3rd at the 1984 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. At the national level, she had won the ‘Gold’ medal twice at the Japan Junior Figure Skating Championships (1979-80, 1983–84) and 9 times (including 8 years in a row) at the Japan Figure Skating Championships (1984–85-1991–92, 1995-96). At the latter event, she had also won a ‘Silver’ medal (1983-84) and a ‘Bronze’ medal (1980-81).
Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Chūbu, Honshu, Japan
Midori had graduated from the Tokai Gakuen Women’s College in her hometown of Nagoya.
Figure Skater (Retired)
- Mother – Chikako Ito
4 ft 9 in or 145 cm
52 kg or 114.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Midori has dated –
- Masaru Yamaki (2004–2006) – Between 2004 and 2006, Midori was married to a man named Masaru Yamaki. A very private person, Midori barely revealed any information to the public about this short-lived marriage.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Japanese descent.
- Toned physique
- Diminutive frame
- Charming smile
- Radiant face
Midori Ito Facts
- She had started skating from the age of just 4 and used to practice at a rink in her hometown of Nagoya. A child prodigy, she had landed her first triple jump when she was just 8.
- Her parents had approached Machiko Yamada to train her and he ended up being her coach throughout her career. Her association with her coach was so strong that she had even lived with him for a while after her parents got divorced. This was when she was about 10 years old.
- She holds the record of being the first female skater to have landed a triple-triple jump combination and a triple Axel in a senior competitive event.
- At the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, she had become the first female skater to have landed 7 triple jumps in an Olympic free skating competition.
- When she had won the ‘Gold’ medal at the 1989 World Figure Skating Championships, she had become the first figure skater from outside of Europe and North America to have won a world championship.
- She was given the honor to light the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony of the 1998 Winter Olympics, which was held in Nagano, Japan.
- She had retired from international competitions in 1992 and was inducted into the ‘World Figure Skating Hall of Fame’ in 2003.
- Almost 2 decades after that retirement, she had made a brief return to competitive figure skating in 2011. She had stood 2nd in her category (Ladies’ Masters Elite II) at the ISU (International Skating Union) Adult Figure Skating Competition in both 2011 and 2012 before winning the title by a margin of 12 points in 2013.
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