Olympics Motivational Speaker Kristi Yamaguchi

Kristi Yamaguchi

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Where were you in 1992? Olympics Motivational Speaker and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi was busy dazzling the crowd on the ice at the Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France. Her flashy moves and graceful poise on the ice would eventually win her the Gold Medal in women’s singles that year. Long after her competition days were over in 2008, Kristi took center stage again, this time as a celebrity contestant on season 6 of Dancing With The Stars. She won the Mirror Ball Trophy with partner Mark Ballas and was the fourth straight former athlete to win the trophy. NFL Legend Emmitt Smith, fellow Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno and IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves won seasons 3-5 of the dance competition series.

As a young skater, Olympics Motivational Speaker Kristi Yamaguchi won the 1991 and 1992 Figure Skating World Championships. She also won the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championship over Tanya Harding before heading to France for the Winter Olympic Games. She skated professionally for a few more years and founded the Always Dream Foundation in 1996 that focuses on early childhood literacy. In 2015, Kristi partnered with LeapFrog to support their 20/20 Challenge. The initiative encourages parents to spend at least 20 minutes of each day reading with their children to improve literacy at an early age. As a mother to 2 daughters, Kristi understands the importance of early education and was the perfect fit to help LeapFrog reach the right target audience who have idolized Kristi as a role model.

The former Olympic Gold Medalist has served as a TV analysts for NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games skating competitions and was a special correspondent for The Today Show during the 2010 Winter Games.

In 2012, Olympics Motivational Speaker Kristi Yamaguchi  created her own line of women’s active wear called Tsu.ya in which a portion of the proceeds go to support her Always Dream Foundation.

Kristi is also a talented writer. She has published several books on figure skating and wrote a New York Times bestselling children’s book called Dream Big, Little Pig.