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Birth name: Kristi Tsuya Yamaguchi.
Born: July 12, 1971 Hayward, California, USA.
Kristy Yamaguchi is an American figure skater. In December 2005, she was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
Kristy Yamaguchi biography (bio):
Kristy Yamaguchi was born July 12, 1971 in Hayward, California, to Jim Yamaguchi, a dentist, and Carole Doi, a medical secretary. A fourth-generation Japanese American, Kristi’s grandparents were victims of the United States' anti-Japanese policies during World War II and were sent to an internment camp, where her mother was born. Kristi and her siblings, Brett and Lori, grew up in Fremont, California, where Kristi attended Mission San Jose High School. Yamaguchi began skating as a child, as physical therapy for her club feet.
Kristi Yamaguchi turned professional after the 1992 competitive season. She toured for many years with Stars on Ice and was also a fixture on the pro competition circuit. In recent years she has cut back on her skating schedule to concentrate on family life. Since July 8, 2000 she has been married to Bret Hedican, an NHL hockey player she initially met at the 1992 Winter Olympics. Yamaguchi and Hedican, who is currently with the Carolina Hurricanes, reside in Raleigh, North Carolina with their two daughters, Keara Kiyomi, born on October 1, 2003 and Emma Yoshiko, born on November 16, 2005. She also made a guest appearance as herself in the Disney Channel original movie Go Figure.
In 1996, she established the Always Dream Foundation for children.
She is good friends with fellow figure skaters Michelle Kwan and Kurt Browning.