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Kristi Yamaguchi

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Kristi Yamaguchi, 1992 World Figure Skating Championships

Kristi Yamaguchi, 1992 World Figure Skating Championships

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About Kristi Yamaguchi:

Dates: July 12, 1971 -

Known for: Olympic gold medal, figure skating, 1992; artistic interpretation; first athlete of Asian descent to win the Olympic Gold medal in figure skating

Sport: Figure Skating

Country Represented: United States

Olympics: XVI Olympic Winter Games, Albertville, France, 1992, USA Women's Figure Skating

Also known as: Kristi Tsuya Yamaguchi

Organizations: Founder, the "Always Dream" Foundation, 1996

Records:

  • Gold Medal, World Figure Skating Championships, Munich, Germany, 1991
  • Gold Medal, World Figure Skating Championships, Oakland, California, USA, 1992
  • Gold Medal, XVI Olympic Winter Games, Albertville, France, 1992

Honors:

  • U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, 1999
  • World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, 1999
  • U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, 2005

Background, Family:

  • Mother: Carole Yamaguchi, medical secretary
  • Father: Jim Yamaguchi, dentist
  • Siblings: two

Marriage, Children:

  • husband: Bret Hedican, NHL defenseman (Carolina Hurricanes), married July, 2000
  • two daughters: Keara, October 1, 2003; Emma Yoshiko, November 17, 2005

Bibliography

  • Kristi Yamaguchi. Always Dream. 1998.
  • Judy L. Hasday. Kristi Yamaguchi. 2007.
  • Lionheart Books Ltd. Staff. Kristi Yamaguchi: Triumph on Ice. 2000.
  • Anne Janette Johnson, Donna Lopiano (foreword). Great Women in Sports. 1996.
  • Elaine A. Kule. Kristi Yamaguchi. 2005.
  • Jody Meachem. Christy Ness and Kristi Yamaguchi. Figure Skating for Dummies. 1997.

Books for Children and Young Adults:

  • Burby, Liza N. Kristi Yamaguchi. 1997. Ages 5-8.
  • Rambeck, Richard. Kristi Yamaguchi (Sports Superstars Series). 1997. Ages 9-12.
  • Wellman, Sam. Kristi Yamaguchi (Female Figure Skating Legends). 1999. Ages 9-12.

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