March 20 - Women’s History Month Profile: Kristi Yamaguchi

Kristi Yamaguchi was the first Asian American woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Revered as a beloved and talented ice skater, she started ice-skating in order to strengthen her feet as treatment from clubfeet. Yamaguchi excelled at ice-skating, winning numerous world junior and national championships in both singles and pairs in her career. Particularly, she won the 1991 and 1992 World Figure Skating Championships and then the 1992 U.S. Nationals. Following the Nationals, she participated in the 1992 Winter Olympics and won the singles gold medal from her breathtaking performance. After the 1992 Winter Olympics, she went to win the World Professional Figure Skating Championship four times from 1992 to 1997. In 1998 and 1999, Yamaguchi was inducted to both the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Most recently, she won the sixth season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, representing the first woman since the first season to win. Based on her motto to “always dream” and dream big and never lose sight of goals, Yamaguchi founded the Always Dream Foundation, a wonderful children’s advocacy and charity organization that hopes to create opportunities, inspire and embrace the hopes and dreams of children.