Kristi Yamaguchi — American Athlete born on July 12, 1971,

Kristine Tsuya Yamaguchi is an American former figure skater, Olympic gold medalist and world champion. She is the 1992 Olympic Champion in ladies' singles. Yamaguchi also won two World Figure Skating Championships in 1991 and 1992 and a U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1992. She won one junior world title in 1988 and two national titles in 1989 and 1990 as a pairs skater with Rudy Galindo. In December 2005, she was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Yamaguchi was a local commentator on figure skating for San Jose TV station KNTV during the 2006 Winter Olympics. In 2008, Yamaguchi became the celebrity champion in the sixth season of Dancing with the Stars... (wikipedia)

Figure skaters have awful perceptions of hockey players.
I'd try to channel my nervous energy in a positive way into strength and endurance. It didn't always work.
Having achieved my own dreams, I want to give to kids who are less fortunate, who struggle with everyday obstacles. I want to give them something positive in their lives: support.
I don't mind the sparkle - I think it's kind of a tradition in skating. I don't think the men really need sparkles, but for the women it's part of the glamour of our sport.
Being an athlete, you know how to train and prepare your body for a performance and you're able to do it under pressure.

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