Former figure skater who won World Championships in 2007 and 2011. She also took home three Japanese titles from 2004 to 2010.
She started skating at eight years old and won the Japan Junior Championships for the 2001-02 season.
She is the first female skater to successfully land a quadruple jump in competition.
She had her first child in April 2013.
She and Italy's Carolina Kostner are both World Champions in women's singles figure skating.