Birthplace: Nagoya, Japan
Best Known as: Japanese figure skater
Ito started skating at age 5 and won her first of eight consecutive
All-Japan Championships in 1985. She placed fifth at the 1988 Winter
Olympics, and later that year became the first woman to land a triple axel
in a competition. In 1989, Ito won the World Championship title. She won a
silver medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics, where she became the first woman
to successfully complete a triple axel in Olympic competition. Ito earned
wide praise for her powerful and energetic skating.
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