Kristi Yamaguchi, 38, is perhaps one of the world’s most famous figure skaters. Her gold-medal victory at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games was captivating and she went on to skate on the professional scene at the height of the sport’s popularity.
Then, just when she seemed to have stepped out of skating's spotlight to focus on her family, “Dancing With the Stars” knocked on her door. She answered in a big way, winning Season 6 of the ABC franchise with the elegance, personality and athletic ability that brought her fame in the first place.
Once again, she was back on the pop culture radar screen. With the 2010 Olympic Games just days away, Yamaguchi is also back in demand. She is working as guest correspondent for NBC’s “TODAY” show (her first report was today). For Universal Sports, Yamaguchi is one of the hosts of a talk show, along with Peter Carruthers, Paul Wylie and Terry Gannon. “They will discuss all things skating,” said Yamaguchi’s agent, Yuki Saugusa of IMG.
The skating superstar is married to former NHL star Bret Hedican. They have two daughters, Keara Kiyomi, 6, and Emma Yoshiko, 4. 2005.
Yamaguchi is the cover subject for the February/March 2010 issue of “Working Mother.” In the piece she discusses her start in the sport, her rise to fame, her experiences with “Dancing With the Stars” and of course her role as a mom.
“In my twenties I never thought I’d still be working this hard in my thirties,” Yamaguchi told the magazine. “I do feel lucky that I did a lot of my skating, which would have been hard on me as a mom, early on — all that touring and living on the road. I’m happy I’m still busy — off the ice. I still juggle. Sometimes I think I overextend myself because I’m traveling too much and am away from the kids. It’s fine line to find that balance. These days I make business decisions based on whether something is worth my time away from my kids.”
About her family life she told the magazine said she strives for it to be as normal as possible. “It depends on the season or the week,” she said. “If nothing is going on, I get the kids ready for school. … We all have dinner together as much as possible.”
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