Kristi Yamaguchi Kristi Yamaguchi

It's been 18 years since she won the figure skating singles title in Albertville, but Kristi Yamaguchi says it still feels like yesterday — for the most part. "There are definitely snapshots that are still vivid, but it's slowly starting to seem a little more distant now," she tells "I remember skating off the ice, being backstage with my coach, Christy Ness, and the anticipation of waiting for the scores, and then the proud moment of being announced Olympic champion and stepping on the podium." The 38-year-old Dancing with the Stars champion will watch someone else be crowned Olympic champion from the NBC booth in Vancouver, where she is working as a special correspondent for the Today show. Get her take on the U.S. figure skating team's chances of taking home gold, what sport she's most excited to see and which Olympian should go Dancing next. The U.S. is heading to Vancouver with no woman favored for the gold this time. What do you think of Rachael Flatt's and Mirai Nagasu's chances?
Kristi Yamaguchi:
I think they're ready. I don't think you can just pass them off and say "They don't have a chance at the podium." Obviously Kim Yu-Na is a great skater, but their performances at nationals proved that, hey, these girls have served notice. And if other girls make mistakes — as you know anything can happen at the Olympic Games — they certainly have a chance. I think in the next four years, you'll really see Mirai, Rachael, Ashley [Wagner] and a couple more that are just going to get better.

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