Kristi Yamaguchi was born on July 12, 1971 and she is still alive. She was raised in Hayward, California. She was born with a clubfoot, but when Kristi saw Dorthy Hamill skate she knew what she wanted to do. Kristi was 10 years old when she started working with her coach Christy Kjarsgaard Ness. When Kristi was older, she became an ice skater for the United States Olympic team. Between the years of 1986 and 1989 Kristi skated in pairs with her skating partner Rudi Galindo but in 1990 she concentrated on singles. Kristi went to the 1992 Olympics and brought home the Gold Medal. In the same year she won the World Championship and United States figure skating titles, she also won 3 times for favorite female athlete in the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, after that Kristi won many other medals.
1998, by Maureen, fourth grade