Dailysports article published today
my rough translation
Shizuka Arakawa married an ordinary man on her birthday: "The day to take a new step."
On her birthday, December 29th, Shizuka Arakawa(at the age of 32), the ladies' figure skating gold medalist in Torino Olympics, submitted a notification of marriage with an ordinary man with whom she has been dating for some time.
"Today is my 32nd birthday and also the day to take a new step. I submitted a notification of marriage with a person with whom I've been dating," Arakawa announced on her own handwriting fax message. "I'm very happy to stand in the new starting line of my life," she seemed very pleased.
Reportedly Arakawa kissed a surgeon on the street in March. "I'm old enough to do such sort of things,""The happiest time in one's life is during honeymoon. When? Hope it's coming soon," she talked about her hope for marriage in an event in May.
She carried out her words in the end of this year. Since she won the Olympic gold medal by training hard, "So that I can make a happy and warm home, I'll do my best to play my role and be responsible for things," she wrote about her thoughts about the "another gold medal".