1992 Olympic Champion:
Kristi Yamaguchi won the 1992 Olympics. She was the first American woman to win the Olympics in figure skating since 1976.
Kristi Yamaguchi was born on July 12, 1971.
Place of Birth:
Kristi was born in Hayward, California.
Where Kristi Grew Up:
Kristi Yamaguchi grew up in Fremont, California.
Japanese American Ancestry:
Kristi is a fourth generation Japanese American.
How Kristi Began Skating:
Kristi began skating as a little girl. She was born with clubfeet, a birth defect. Skating was prescribed as physical therapy for this condition. She was inspired to take up ice skating after seeing Olympic Champion Dorothy Hamill on television.
Competed in Both Singles and Pairs:
Coaches and Training:
Kristi Yamaguchi's singles coach was Christy Kjarsgaard-Ness. Her choreographer was Sandra Bezic. For pair skating, her coaches were Jim Hulick and John A.W. Nicks. She trained in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at the end of her amateur skating career.
Kristi has one brother and one sister. Their names are Brett and Lori. Her parents are Carole and Jim Yamaguchi.
She is married to Bret Hedican, an NHL hockey player. The couple has two children.
Kristi's hobbies include tennis, in-line skating, reading, dancing, and photography.
Competitive Skating Highlights:
- 1st, World Championships 1992
- 1st, Olympics 1992
- 1st, US Nationals 1992
- 1st, World Championships 1991
- 2nd, US Nationals 1991
- 4th, World Championships 1990
- 1st, US Nationals 1990 (pairs)
- 6th, World Championships 1989
- 5th, World Championships 1989 (pairs)
- 2nd, US Nationals 1989
- 1st, US Nationals 1989 (pairs)
- 1st, World Junior Pairs 1988
- 1st, World Junior Championships 1988
- 4th, US Junior Nationals 1986
After the 1992 Olympics:
After Kristi Yamaguchi's Olympic triumph in 1992, she was very successful as a professional skater. For many years she starred in "Stars on Ice." She also won many professional competitions.
Awards and Honors:
Kristi Yamaguchi was inducted into both the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1998.
Always Dream" Foundation:
Kristi founded the "Always Dream" Foundation in 1996. The mission of the foundation is to encourage and support the hopes and dreams of children.
Kristi Yamaguchi, Author:
Kristi is the author of two books: Figure Skating For Dummies and Kristi Yamaguchi, Always Dream.