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Encyclopedia > Kristi Yamaguchi
Olympic medal record
Ladies' figure skating
Gold 1992 Albertville Singles

Kristi Tsuya Yamaguchi (born July 12, 1971) is an American figure skater. In December 2005, she was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Olympic medalists in figure skating. ... The 1992 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XVI Olympic Winter Games, were celebrated in 1992 in Albertville, France. ... The 1992 Winter Olympic Games Figure skating results The venue was the Halle Olympique located next to the Théâtre des Cérémonies, a couple of kilometers west of downtown Albertville. ... is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Figure skating is an ice skating sporting event where individuals, mixed couples, or groups perform spins, jumps, and other moves on the ice, often to music. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The US Olympic Hall of Fame is a list of the top American Olympic athletes. ...



Kristi Yamaguchi was born on July 12, 1971 in Hayward, California, to Jim Yamaguchi, a dentist, and Carole Doi, a medical secretary. A fourth-generation Japanese American, Kristi’s grandparents were victims of the United States' anti-Japanese policies during World War II and were sent to an internment camp, where her mother was born. Kristi and her siblings, Brett and Lori, grew up in Fremont, California, where Kristi attended Mission San Jose High School. Yamaguchi began skating as a child, as physical therapy for her club feet. is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Hayward is a city located in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area in Alameda County. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Serving from 1999 to 2003, Army General Eric Shinseki of Hawaii became the first Asian American military chief of staff. ... United States Executive Order 9066 was a presidential executive order issued during World War II by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, using his authority as Commander-in-Chief to exercise war powers to send ethnic groups to internment camps. ... Jerome War Relocation Center in Jerome, Arkansas Japanese people heading off to an internment camp. ... Fremont (IPA: ) is a city in California that was incorporated on January 23, 1956, from the merger of five smaller communities: Centerville, Irvington, Mission San Jose, Niles, and Warm Springs. ... Mission San Jose High School students on their way to class. ... Clubfoot A clubfoot, or talipes equinovarus[1] (TEV), is a birth defect. ...

Pairs career

With Rudy Galindo she won the junior title at the U.S. championships in 1986. Two years later, Yamaguchi won the singles and, with Galindo, the pairs titles at the 1988 World Junior Pair Championships. In 1989 Yamaguchi and Galindo won the senior U.S. championships pairs title and won again in 1990. Val Joe Rudy Galindo (born September 7, 1969 in San Jose, California) is an American figure skater. ... The World Junior Figure Skating Championships (official nickname: World Juniors; commonly: Junior Worlds) is an annual event sanctioned by the International Skating Union in which younger figure skaters compete for the title of World Junior Champion. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The U.S. Figure Skating Championships is an annual event put on by the United States Figure Skating Association. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...

As a pairs team, Yamaguchi and Galindo were unusual in that they were both accomplished singles skaters, and in that they jumped and spun in opposite directions, Yamaguchi counter-clockwise, and Galindo clockwise. In 1990, Yamaguchi decided to focus solely on singles. Galindo went on to have a successful singles career as well, winning the 1996 U.S. championships and the 1996 World bronze medal.

Singles career

In 1991, coached by Christy Ness, Yamaguchi placed second to Tonya Harding at the U.S. championships, her third consecutive silver medal at Nationals. The following month in Munich, Germany, Yamaguchi won the 1991 World Championships. That year the American ladies team, consisting of Yamaguchi, Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, became the first and only national team to have its members place first, second and third at Worlds. In 1992, Yamaguchi won her first U.S. title and gained a spot to the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France. Joining her on the U.S. team were again Kerrigan and Harding. While competitors Harding and Japan’s Midori Ito were consistently landing the difficult triple axel jump in competition, Yamaguchi instead focused on her artistry and her triple-triple combinations in hopes of becoming a more rounded skater. Both Harding and Ito fell on their triple axels at the Olympics, (though Ito successfully landed the jump later on in her program after missing it the first time) allowing Yamaguchi to win the gold, despite errors in her free program, including a step-out on a triple loop and a double salchow instead of a planned triple. Yamaguchi went on to successfully defend her World title that same year. Tonya Harding performs a triple axel jump at the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. ... For other uses, see Munich (disambiguation). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... The World Figure Skating Championships is an annual event sanctioned by the International Skating Union in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion. ... Nancy Kerrigan (born October 13, 1969 in Stoneham, Massachusetts) is a two-time American Olympic figure skating medalist and 1993 U.S. champion. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... (Redirected from 1992 Winter Olympic Games) The XVI Olympic Winter Games were held in 1992 in France. ... Albertville is a town and commune in southeast France, in the Savoie département, in the French Alps. ... Midori Ito , born August 13, 1969) is a former Japanese figure skater. ... The triple Axel is a jump in figure skating, consisting of 3 and 1/2 rotations in the air. ... The Loop is a figure skating jump that takes off from a back outside edge and lands on the same edge. ... The salchow is a figure skating jump with a takeoff from a back inside edge and landing on the back outside edge of the opposite foot after one or more rotations in the air. ...


Though Kristi won the gold medal, she would be somewhat overshadowed in publicity and endorsements by Nancy Kerrigan who later endured the highly publicized attack staged by teammate Harding. Yamaguchi won endorsements deals from Wendy's and DuraSoft Colors contact lenses, but not high-profile, multimillion-dollar deals with corporate giants like Campbells or Pepsi. Some Asians were slighted that her Asian heritage may have put her at a disadvantage. Bill Imada, whose firm advises companies on marketing to Asian Americans observes that for marketers "People like Kristi Yamaguchi don't represent the wholesome all-American image".[1]

Professional life

Kristi Yamaguchi turned professional after the 1992 competitive season. She toured for many years with Stars on Ice and was also a fixture on the pro competition circuit. In recent years she has cut back on her skating schedule to concentrate on family life. Since July 8, 2000 she has been married to Bret Hedican, an NHL hockey player she initially met at the 1992 Winter Olympics. Yamaguchi and Hedican, who is currently with the Carolina Hurricanes, reside in Raleigh, North Carolina with their two daughters, Keara Kiyomi, born in 2003 and Emma Yoshiko, born in 2005. She also made a guest appearance as herself in the Disney Channel original movie Go Figure. Stars on Ice is a touring figure skating show produced by IMG. It was originally conceived in 1986 as a vehicle for IMG client Scott Hamilton, who had been released from his contract with Ice Capades. ... Bret Hedican (born on 10 August 1970 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA) is an American NHL hockey player, married to figure-skater Kristi Yamaguchi. ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional ice hockey team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... For other uses of this name, see Raleigh. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... Go Figure is a Disney Channel Original Movie that aired on June 10, 2005. ...

In 1996, she established the Always Dream Foundation for children. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...

She is good friends with fellow figure skaters Michelle Kwan and Kurt Browning. Michelle Wing Kwan (關穎珊) (born 7 July 1980) is an American figure skater and media celebrity who has won nine U.S. championships, five world championships, and two Olympic medals. ... Browning skates during the 2000 Stars on Ice tour Kurt Browning (born June 18, 1966) is a prominent Canadian figure skater who was extremely popular during the late 1980s and 1990s. ...


Rapper Young Dro references Yamaguchi in the remix to the song We Fly High proclaiming his car is "skating on the ice like Kristi Yamaguchi". Young Dro (born D Juan Hart in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1979) is an American rapper signed to T.I.s label, Grand Hustle. ... We Fly High is the lead single from Jim Jones third album, Hustlers P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment). ...

Competitive highlights

Event/Season 1989 1990 1991 1992
U.S. Championships 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st
World Championships 6th 4th 1st 1st
Winter Olympics - - - 1st

The U.S. Figure Skating Championships is an annual event put on by the United States Figure Skating Association. ... The World Figure Skating Championships is an annual event sanctioned by the International Skating Union in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion. ... An athlete carries the Olympic torch The Winter Olympic Games are a winter multi-sport event held every four years. ...


  1. ^ http://themanmc.tripod.com/articles/kristimc.html] "From tennis rackets to tinted contacts: Nelson Wang looks at the major league game of athletic endorsements, to find out if Asian Americans get fair play"

External links

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  Results from FactBites:
Kristi Yamaguchi - MSN Encarta (200 words)
Kristi Yamaguchi, born in 1971, American figure skater, winner of the 1992 women's figure skating Olympic gold medal.
Although she was born clubfooted, she was able to overcome her deformity, and she began ice skating before she was ten years old, training with coach Christy Kjarsgaard Ness.
From 1990 Yamaguchi concentrated on singles competition and earned international acclaim for the technical difficulty of her routines.
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