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How many gold medals did the women from japan win in the winter olyimpics?
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How many gold medals did the U.S. womens team get in the Japan winter olympic games?
how many gold medals did the u.s. women win in the winter olympics in japan?
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One Gold Medal was won.
(For complete Medal count on all the winter Olympics go to here )
(On the bottom of page has all the past games to look in to)
And the winner is -------
Shizuka Arakawa (荒川 静香 Arakawa Shizuka, born December 29, 1981) is a Japanese figure skater who won the gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in the Ladies Singles event in Turin, Italy on February 23, 2006, and the 2004 World Figure Skating Championship. She is the first female skater who was born in Asia to win the Olympic gold medal in figure skating. She is the second oldest woman to win the Olympic figure skating gold (Yahoo, 2006 and NBC Olympics, 2006). On May 7,
2006 Arakawa announced her plans to retire from eligible figure skating (Reuters, 2006).
At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Arakawa was in third place behind Sasha Cohen (trailing Cohen by only a point) and Irina Slutskaya after the short program. Arakawa skated to Fantasie Impromptu by Chopin for her short program. Although Cohen and Slutskaya were the heavy favorites for the gold medal, both fell during the long program. Arakawa gate-crashed what was expected to be a Russian sweep (of men's figure skating, pair skating and ice dancing) at the ice skating rink at Palavela when she surged to victory after the free skate.
Arakawa skated to Puccini's Violin Fantasy of Turandot in a shimmering purple-and-light blue dress for her free skate long program. One of the most outstanding moments, drawing huge applause, was when she performed her famous Ina Bauer, a variation of a spread-eagle move that puts her in a full backbend while her toes point in opposite directions. Although the move does not contribute any points to the technical elements score, her coach agreed with her decision to include it in the program, stating "your Ina Bauer is the most beautiful in the world". "Ina Bauer" became a household word in Japan as a result. Arakawa skated a clean free-skate program, with no falls. For tactical reasons, she scaled back her planned triple salchow-triple toe loop combination to a triple salchow-double toe loop combination (in practices, she was landing extremely difficult triple-triple-triple combinations, but such combinations were an unnecessary risk after the imperfect skate by Cohen). She capped off her stellar performance with a triple-double-double combination immediately after the Ina Bauer. She won over the judges with seemingly effortless spins and spirals that were clearly ahead of the other competitors. The judges found Arakawa's program to be an artistically and technically pleasant program and awarded her 191.34 points, almost eight points ahead of the second-place Cohen (183.36), therefore earning her the gold medal. Slutskaya was third at 181.44 (The Advertiser, 2006). Arakawa's victory came in the first Winter Olympics to utilize a new judging system that has scrapped the traditional 6.0 mark for a cumulative points system that supposedly favors complete skaters over phenomenal jumpers. This new scoring system was adopted after a vote-trading scandal undermined figure skating's credibility at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.
Arakawa's Olympic win broke the dominance by the Russians and Americans of the ladies' figure skating event. In an interview with Associated Press on February 23, 2006 after she won the gold medal, Arakawa said, "I still can't believe this" (AP, 2006). Her gold medal in women's figure skating on the evening of Thursday, February 23, 2006 gave Japan its first and only medal of the 2006 Winter Olympics. At age 24, Arakawa is the oldest women's Olympic skating champion in more than 80 years. Florence "Madge" Cave Syers from the United Kingdom was the oldest when she won the Olympic title at age 27 at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom which featured the first Olympic figure skating events (Yahoo!, 2006 and NBC Olympics, 2006). Arakawa is the second Japanese woman to win a figure skating Olympic medal. Japanese skater Midori Ito won a silver at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. Arakawa is the second Japanese woman to win a Winter Olympic gold. The first Japanese woman to do so was freestyle skier Tae Satoya at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
Arakawa's win at the 2006 Olympic Games was a stunning return to form for her. She could only finish ninth at the 2005 World Championships. (She had previously won the gold at the 2004 World Championships). Arakawa had planned to retire after the 2004 World Championships, but her victory there convinced her to change her plans. She struggled with a foot injury, homesickness and motivation. She was also beginning to trail behind younger Japanese competitors like Miki Ando and Mao Asada. She explained, "Many times I thought of quitting. I lost my motivation. It took me a long time, probably a full year to regain it." Her dismal 9th place finish at the 2005 World Championships was the motivation she needed to stay in the sport and regain top form. She felt she could not quit on such a down note. In November 2005, Arakawa called Belarus figure skater Nikolai Morozov and asked if he would consider training her. She had wanted a change, a makeover that included her coach, her costumes and her programs. She knew it had to be a drastic change if she were to have any chance at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Morozov said, "Yes, of course I was surprised. I thought she could medal. But I didn't think she would win gold."
Arakawa said the Olympic gold medal had vindicated her decision to stick with the sport. She was almost on the verge of leaving skating and giving up in 2004. She said, "I thought about quitting. I'm very glad now that I chose to continue. I want to give hope to everybody who watches me skate."
After winning her Olympic title, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi called Arakawa in Turin, Italy to congratulate her. Koizumi said, "I cheered for you with excitement while I watched television. All the Japanese people are rejoicing. I give a perfect score to every bit of your performance." (Gulf Daily News, 2006).