Since then she’s founded the Always Dream Foundation, published four books and won on Kristine Tsuya Yamaguchi, better known as Kristi Yamaguchi, was born on July 12, 1971, in Hayward, California, and raised in nearby Fremont.
She was born with club feet, and had casts to correct the condition.
I don't think people put a lot of thought into the athleticism that goes into the sport,' she said.
The sport she loves and holds dear left her unable to fully utilize her body for months after her fall.
She started skating at age 6 as physical therapy, after she saw her older sister, Lori, on the ice.
Although Lori quickly dropped out of the sport, Yamaguchi’s love of ice skating kept growing. Two years later they took home the same honor at the World Junior Championships, and Yamaguchi also won the singles event. In 1991, Yamaguchi moved to Alberta, Canada, to train with Christy Ness, and focused exclusively on her singles skating.
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After switching to singles skating, she won a gold medal in the 1992 Olympics.
'I was experiencing these symptoms for probably three months, and for three months no one could tell me what was wrong and I was getting no relief.
'I was worried that this was a lifestyle that I was just going to have to adjust to.
Kristi Yamaguchi was born in Hayward, California, in 1971.
She was born with club feet and began skating at 6 as therapy.