Kristi Yamaguchi

Kristine Tsuya " Kristi " Yamaguchi ( born July 12, 1971 in Hayward, California ) is a former American figure skater who started in a single run and pair skating. She is the Olympic champion in 1992 and world champion in 1991 and 1992.

Yamaguchi is the daughter of the dentist Jim Yamaguchi and medical secretary Carole Doi. Your paternal grandparents and great-grandparents her mother's side immigrated from Japan to the United States. Yamaguchi's grandparents were sent during World War II in an internment camp where her mother was born. Yamaguchi grew up with her ​​siblings, Brett and Lori in Fremont, California, on. It began with the ice skating as a kid, as a therapy for her club feet.

Kristi Yamaguchi began originally as a pair skater with Rudy Galindo. They were 1986 U.S. junior champion. But she denied unusually, in addition to its pair of running competitions and individual competitions. So it was in 1988 Junior World Champion in single run as well as in pair skating with Galindo. 1989 and 1990 were Yamaguchi and Galindo also in the senior U.S. champion. At the World Championships in 1989 and 1990 they were each fifth. In both years, they had set out in the individual race at the National Championships and World Championships. She was in two years, national runner-up behind Jill Trenary and finished their first two World Championships in sixth or fourth. After the season 1990, Yamaguchi decided only to compete in a single run. She moved to Edmonton to be able to train at Christy Ness. This paid off. In 1991, she was again although only U.S. vice champion, this time behind Tonya Harding, World Champion was in Munich but in front of their country women Harding and Kerrigan. It was the first time in history that at World Championships medal winners in women's competition came from the same country. The total triumph experienced Yamaguchi a year later. For the first and only time she was in Orlando U.S. champion and went so in the Olympics to Albertville. Unlike their competitors Midori Ito and Tonya Harding she jumped no triple axel, but focused on her triple - triple combination and relied on their skill. Both Itō as well as Harding rushed into the free skate at the triple Axel ( Ito, however, repeated it successfully ) and thus won Yamaguchi despite also faulted freestyle, the gold medal. In domestic Oakland then they defended their World Championship title and then finished her amateur career.

Yamaguchi appeared over ten years in ice revues such as the Champions on Ice and Stars on Ice. In 1998, she was inducted into the Figure Skating Hall of Fame. At the Olympic Games in Albertville, she had her future husband, hockey player Bret Hedican met. In 2000 they married and have two daughters.


Single run

Pair of running

( with Rudy Galindo )

  • J = Junior


  • Kristi Yamaguchi, Christy Kjarsgaard Ness, Jody Meacham: Figure Skating For Dummies. IDG Books, Foster City, 1997, ISBN 0-7645-5084-5.
  • Kristi Yamaguchi: Always Dream. Taylor Trade Publishing, Dallas 1998, ISBN 0-87833-996-5.
  • Kristi Yamaguchi: Dream Big, Little Pig!. Sourcebooks, Inc., Naperville 2011, ISBN 978-1-4022-5275-4.
  • Kristi Yamaguchi: It's a Big World, Little Pig!. Sourcebooks, Inc., Naperville 2012, ISBN 978-1-4022-6646-1.