Fast Facts

  • Began skating at age 6.
  • Captured gold in both ladies' singles and pairs at the 1988 World Junior Championships.
  • Skated pairs with Rudy Galindo until 1991, the year she was first crowned World Professional Figure Skating Champion.
  • Won a gold medal at the 1992 Albertville Olympic Games, where she also met her husband, NHL defenseman Bret Hedican.
  • Was one of the original celebrities photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the Got Milk? milk-mustache campaign.
  • Wrote the autobiography Always Dream (1997), and coauthored 1998's Figure Skating for Dummies.
  • Won Season 6 of ABC's Dancing With the Stars with partner Mark Ballas.
  • Worked with NBC as a special correspondent for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
  • Has been inducted into the World Skating Hall of Fame and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.


  • Keara Kyomi Hedican — Daughter
  • Emma Yoshiko Hedican — Daughter
  • Jim Yamaguchi — Father
  • Carole Yamaguchi — Mother
  • Bret Hedican — Husband


  • Birth Name: Kristi Tsuya Yamaguchi
  • Birth Place: Hayward, CA
  • Birthday: July 12, 1971, Cancer
  • Profession: Figure skater, Reality cast member
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