Shizuka Arakawa was born on 29 December 1981 in Tokyo, Japan.
She began skating when she was five. She was the first skater in Japan to win three consecutive junior national titles”. She won Japanese nationals in 1998 and 1999. She won the Asian Winter Games and Winter Universiade during the 2002-2003 season. The following season, she won the 2004 World Championships in Dortmund, Germany. At the 2006 Winter Turin Olympics she became the first Asian Olympic gold medalist. She is also the first Japanese skater winning both World Championships and Olympics. Shizuka is currently skating as a professional skater in Japan and also different countries.