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Kristi Yamaguchi

Kristi Yamaguchi is an American former figure skater. Kristi Yamaguchi is known as the founder of the Always Dream Foundation.

Early Life and Education

Kristi Yamaguchi was born on July 12, 1971. As of now, she is 51 years old. She was born in Hayward, California, and raised in nearby Fremont.

Likewise, she was born with club feet. Her zodiac sign is Cancer. His father is Jim Yamaguchi. Her mother’s name is Carole Yamaguchi.

Additionally, she has 2 siblings named Lori Yamaguchi and Brett Yamaguchi. She had casts to correct the condition.


At the age of 6, after she saw her older sister, Lori, on the ice, she started skating as physical therapy. She is an American with her nationality. She follows the Christian religion. 

Talking about her educational background, she completed her higher education at Mission San José High School. 

Body Measurements

Kristi Yamaguchi weighs 99 lbs/45 kg.  She stands at a height of  5 feet 1 inch. Likewise, her body Measurements are  33-22-34.  Moreover, she has dark brown hair and brown eyes.

Kristi Yamaguchi

Caption: Kristi Yamaguchi posing for a photo. Source: Healthy Celeb

Kristi Yamaguchi – Net Worth 2023

Kristi Yamaguchi has a net worth of $8 million. She is an American former figure skater and author by profession.

As an Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater and media commentator, Yamaguchi earned fame and fortune. Moreover, she earns a good amount of money in her profession.

Career and Professional Life

In 1986  she won the junior title at the U.S. championships with Rudy Galindo.

Yamaguchi won the singles two years later, and, the pairs titles at the 1988 World Junior Championships with Galindo; in singles, Galindo had won the 1987 World Junior Championship.

Additionally, Yamaguchi and Galindo won the senior pairs title at the U.S. Championships in 1989. Again in 1990, they won the title.

Yamaguchi and Galindo were unusual in that they were both accomplished singles skaters as a pairs team. It allowed them to consistently perform difficult elements like side-by-side triple flip jumps.

Performed by current top international pairs teams they are still more difficult than side-by-side jumps. They also jumped and spun in opposite directions, Galindo clockwise and Yamaguchi counter-clockwise.

These gave them an unusual look on the ice. Yamaguchi decided to focus solely on singles in 1990. Winning the 1996 U.S. championships and the 1996 World bronze medal Galindo went on to have a successful singles career as well.

Coach Christy Ness Yamaguchi moved to Edmonton in 1991, Alberta, to train. Additionally, she took psychology courses at the University of Alberta.

Additionally, Yamaguchi placed second to Tonya Harding at the U.S. championships in the same year, her third consecutive silver medal at the Nationals.

Yamaguchi won the 1991 World Championships the following month in Munich, Germany.

In the same year, the American ladies’ team, consisting of  Harding Yamaguchi, and Nancy Kerrigan, became the only national ladies’ team to have its members sweep the Worlds podium until the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships.

Moreover, when Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Anna Shcherbakova, and Alexandra Trusova swept the podium representing FSR.

Moreover, Yamaguchi won her first U.S. title and gained a spot in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.

Axel jumped in competition while Harding and Japan’s Midori Ito were consistently landing the difficult triple.

In hopes of becoming a more well-rounded skater, Yamaguchi instead focused on her triple-triple combinations and artistry.

Kristi Yamaguchi

Caption: Kristi Yamaguchi performing her game. Source: Instyle

Furthermore, both Harding and Ito fell on their triple Axels at the Olympics, including putting a hand to the ice on a triple loop and a double salchow instead of a planned triple allowing Yamaguchi to win the gold, despite errors in her free program.

During the long program, she later explained her mindset: “You just do your best and forget the rest.” That same year Yamaguchi went on to successfully defend her World title.

Yamaguchi became the champion of the sixth season of ABC’s reality program Dancing with the Stars on May 20, 2008, in which she was paired with Mark Ballas.

She defeated the finalist couple Jason Taylor and Edyta Śliwińska. Likewise, Yamaguchi made a special appearance in the finale of the sixteenth season where she danced alongside Dorothy Hamill.

Yamaguchi worked as a daily NBC Olympics skating broadcast analyst on NBC’s Universal Sports Network in 2010.

Yamaguchi returned to Dancing With the Stars 25th season in Week Eight in November 2017, to participate with Lindsey Stirling in a trio Jazz and her professional partner Mark Ballas.

Personal Life

She married Bret Hedican on July 8, 2000. He is a professional hockey player. When he played for Team USA she met him at the 1992 Winter Olympics. Yamaguchi and Hedican resided in Raleigh after their wedding.

Moreover, now they live in the Alamo in northern California with their two daughters, Keara Kiyomi born in 2003, and Emma Yoshiko born in 2005.

On Gull Lake in northern Minnesota, they also have a summer home.

Kristi Yamaguchi

Caption: Kristi with her husband and kids. Source: Pinterest

Kristi Yamaguchi – Social Media

Kristi Yamaguchi has got 83k followers on her Instagram. She has got 30k followers on his Twitter account. Similarly, he has thousands of followers on his Facebook account.