WITH THE OLYMPICS BEGINNING ON
THURSDAY, WERE CATCHING UP WITH THURSDAY, WERE CATCHING UP WITH OLYMPIANS OF OLYMPICS PAST.
>>NATALIE IS IN PYEONGCHANG.>>NATALIE IS IN PYEONGCHANG.
>>ITS BEEN HARD TO BELIEVE>>ITS BEEN HARD TO BELIEVE
ITS BEEN MORE THAN TWO DECADES ITS BEEN MORE THAN TWO DECADES SINCE KRISTI YAMAGUCHI COMPETED SINCE KRISTI YAMAGUCHI COMPETED AT THE WINTER GAMES IN
ALBERTVILLE, FRANCE, WINNING A ALBERTVILLE, FRANCE, WINNING A
GOLD FOR TEAM USA. GOLD FOR TEAM USA.
SHE OPENED UP HER HOME TO ME. SHE OPENED UP HER HOME TO ME. SHOWED ME WHAT HER LIFE IS LIKE
TODAY AND TOLD ME WHO SHE HASKE TODAY AND TOLD ME WHO SHE HAS
HER EYE ON GOING INTO THESE HER EYE ON GOING INTO THESE GAMES.
ITS BEEN 26 YEARS SINCE KRISTI ITS BEEN 26 YEARS SINCE KRISTI
YAMAGUCHI SKATED HER WAY TO YAMAGUCHI SKATED HER WAY TO OLYMPIC GLORY. OLYMPIC GLORY. 6:40 IN YOUR LIFE WAS COMPLETELY 6:40 IN YOUR LIFE WAS COMPLETELY CHANGED. CHANGED.>>I THINK THATS ONE THING THAT>>I THINK THATS ONE THING THAT MAKES SKATING SO EXCITING MAKES SKATING SO EXCITING BECAUSE ITS JUST INTENSE AND BECAUSE ITS JUST INTENSE AND ITS QUICK. ITS QUICK. ONE LITTLE SLIP CAN MEAN THE
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PLACING OR DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PLACING OR
NOT PLACING. NOT PLACING.>>TAKE ME BACK TO THAT GOLD>>TAKE ME BACK TO THAT GOLD MEDAL-WINNING PERFORMANCE.
DID YOU KNOW IN THAT MOMENT THAT DID YOU KNOW IN THAT MOMENT THAT
YOU HAD WON? YOU HAD WON?
>>I DID NOT KNOW.>>I DID NOT KNOW.
I SKATED REALLY WELL. I SKATED REALLY WELL.
BUT I HAD TO WAIT AND SEE IF IT BUT I HAD TO WAIT AND SEE IF IT
WAS ENOUGH. WAS ENOUGH. SO, IT WAS REALLY, LIKE, PINS
AND NEEDLES, JUST WAITING THERE, AND NEEDLES, JUST WAITING THERE,
YOU KNOW, THROUGH EACH SKATER YOU KNOW, THROUGH EACH SKATER
THAT COMPETED. THAT COMPETED.
>>Reporter: THOSE OLYMPICS>>Reporter: THOSE OLYMPICS
WOULD BE HER FIRST AND HER LAST. WOULD BE HER FIRST AND HER LAST.
YAMAGUCHI MADE THE SURPRISING YAMAGUCHI MADE THE SURPRISING
DECISION TO PASS UP THE 1994 DECISION TO PASS UP THE 1994
WINTER GAMES, INSTEAD, TURNING WINTER GAMES, INSTEAD, TURNING
PROFESSIONAL. PROFESSIONAL.>>I KNEW IF I WENT BACK IN
LILLEHAMMER THAT THE PRESSURE LILLEHAMMER THAT THE PRESSURE
WOULD BE IMMENSE. WOULD BE IMMENSE.
AND IT WOULD LITERALLY BE THE AND IT WOULD LITERALLY BE THE
ONLY FOCUS, WOULD BE TO COME ONLY FOCUS, WOULD BE TO COME
HOME WITH THE GOLD AGAIN. HOME WITH THE GOLD AGAIN.
>>Reporter: TWO OF HER>>Reporter: TWO OF HER
TEAMMATES WHO WOULD GO ON TO TEAMMATES WHO WOULD GO ON TO
COMPETE IN LILLEHAMMER, TONYA COMPETE IN LILLEHAMMER, TONYA
HARDING AND NANCY KERRIGAN. HARDING AND NANCY KERRIGAN.
WHAT WAS YOUR RELATIONSHIP LIKE WHAT WAS YOUR RELATIONSHIP LIKE
WITH TONYA AND NANCY? WITH TONYA AND NANCY?
>>WE HAD A GOOD RELATIONSHIP.>>WE HAD A GOOD RELATIONSHIP.
AT THE OLYMPICS, WE WERE AT THE OLYMPICS, WE WERE
ROOMMATES. ROOMMATES. WE WERE PRETTY CLOSE. WE WERE PRETTY CLOSE.>>Reporter: THE RECENT MOVIE “I>>Reporter: THE RECENT MOVIE “I TONYA” IS BASED ON HARDINGS
LIFE AND THE ATTACK ON KERRIGAN, LIFE AND THE ATTACK ON KERRIGAN,
IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO THOSE IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO THOSE
GAMES. GAMES.>>WHAT KIND OF PERSON BASHES IN
THEIR FRIENDS KNEE?SON BASHES IN THEIR FRIENDS KNEE?
>>Reporter: HAVE YOU HAD A>>Reporter: HAVE YOU HAD A
CHANCE TO SEE THE MOVIE “I, CHANCE TO SEE THE MOVIE “I,
TONYA.” TONYA.”>>I ACTUALLY HAVE, YES.
I WATCHED IT LAST WEEK.. I WATCHED IT LAST WEEK.
>>Reporter: WHAT DID YOU THINK?>>Reporter: WHAT DID YOU THINK?
>>ITS A MOVIE.>>ITS A MOVIE.
THE ACTING WAS GREAT IN IT. THE ACTING WAS GREAT IN IT.
YOU KNOW, I WAS SO IMPRESSED YOU KNOW, I WAS SO IMPRESSED
WITH HER SKATING. WITH HER SKATING.
I ENJOYED IT. I ENJOYED IT.
YOU KNOW, I JUST TOOK IT WITH A YOU KNOW, I JUST TOOK IT WITH A
GRAIN OF SALT, KNOWING THERES GRAIN OF SALT, KNOWING THERES
ARTISTIC LICENSE AND WHATNOT. ARTISTIC LICENSE AND WHATNOT.
>>Reporter: YAMAGUCHI IS>>Reporter: YAMAGUCHI IS
FOCUSED ON THE FIGURE SKATING FOCUSED ON THE FIGURE SKATING
COMPETITION IN PYEONGCHANG. COMPETITION IN PYEONGCHANG.
SHES BECOME A FRIEND AND MENTOR SHES BECOME A FRIEND AND MENTOR
TO KAREN CHEN. TO KAREN CHEN.
THE TWO WOMEN ARE FROM THE SAME THE TWO WOMEN ARE FROM THE SAME
HOMETOWN. HOMETOWN.>>THAT FIRST DAY, I WAS
COMPLETELY IMPRESSED, SEEING HER COMPLETELY IMPRESSED, SEEING HER
FOCUS AND HER DETERMINATION. FOCUS AND HER DETERMINATION.
IT WAS KIND OF LIKE, OOH, I SEE IT WAS KIND OF LIKE, OOH, I SEE
A LITTLE BIT OF ME IN HER. A LITTLE BIT OF ME IN HER.
>>Reporter: YAMAGUCHI NOW LIVES>>Reporter: YAMAGUCHI NOW LIVES
JUST 30 MILES FROM WHERE SHE JUST 30 MILES FROM WHERE SHE
GREW UP WITH HER HUSBAND, BRETT GREW UP WITH HER HUSBAND, BRETT
HET HET HETIK
HETICAN, A FORMER PROFESSIONAL HETICAN, A FORMER PROFESSIONAL
HOCKEY PLAYER, WITH HER HOCKEY PLAYER, WITH HER
DAUGHTERS AND THE NEWEST FAMILY DAUGHTERS AND THE NEWEST FAMILY
MEMBER, A RESCUE PUP NAMED TANK. MEMBER, A RESCUE PUP NAMED TANK.
WHATS LIFE LIKE FOR KRISTI WHATS LIFE LIKE FOR KRISTI
YAMAGUCHI? YAMAGUCHI?>>I ADORE MY TWO GIRLS.>>I ADORE MY TWO GIRLS. AND I LOVE BEING A SOCCER MOM,
WATCHING THEM PURSUE THEIRMOM, WATCHING THEM PURSUE THEIR
AMBITIONS. AMBITIONS.>>Reporter: HER YOUNGEST>>Reporter: HER YOUNGEST DAUGHTERS AMBITIONS ARE ON THE
ICE, WHERE SHE IS TRAINING WITH ICE, WHERE SHE IS TRAINING WITH
HER MOMS DOUBLES PARTNER. HER MOMS DOUBLES PARTNER.
>>I TRY TO STAND BACK A LITTLE>>I TRY TO STAND BACK A LITTLE
BIT AND BE A CALM SKATING MOM. BIT AND BE A CALM SKATING MOM.
>>Reporter: YAMAGUCHI SAYS HER>>Reporter: YAMAGUCHI SAYS HER
PROFESSIONAL SKATING DAYS ARE PROFESSIONAL SKATING DAYS ARE
BEHIND HER. BEHIND HER. BUT HER COMPETITIVE SPIRIT IS
STILL ALIVE AND WELL.PIRIT IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL.
YAMAGUCHI WON SEASON SIX OF YAMAGUCHI WON SEASON SIX OF
“DANCING WITH THE STARS.” “DANCING WITH THE STARS.”
WHERE IS THE MIRRORBALL NOW? WHERE IS THE MIRRORBALL NOW?
I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE DINING I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE DINING
ROOM TABLE. ROOM TABLE.
>>ITS TUCKED AWAY.>>ITS TUCKED AWAY.
MY HUSBAND HAD TO MAKE SURE IT MY HUSBAND HAD TO MAKE SURE IT
WAS UNDERNEATH THE STANLEY CUP. WAS UNDERNEATH THE STANLEY CUP.
>>YOU HAVE YOUR OWN TROPHY CASE>>YOU HAVE YOUR OWN TROPHY CASE
GOING. GOING.>>YES.>>YES.>>Reporter: YAMAGUCHI SPENDS>>Reporter: YAMAGUCHI SPENDS HER TIME GIVING BACK, WORKING HER TIME GIVING BACK, WORKING WITH THE CHILDRENS LITERACY WITH THE CHILDRENS LITERACY PROGRAM SHE CREATED 22 YEARS PROGRAM SHE CREATED 22 YEARS AGO, CALLED THE ALWAYS DREAM AGO, CALLED THE ALWAYS DREAM FOUNDATION. FOUNDATION.>>ACCESS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST>>ACCESS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILY CHALLENGES FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILY PS PS FAMILYS. FAMILYS. WERE HOPEFULLY THERE TO BRIDGE WERE HOPEFULLY THERE TO BRIDGE THAT GAP. THAT GAP.>>Reporter: ONE OF THE MANY>>Reporter: ONE OF THE MANY WAYS SHES SHINING HER SPOTLIGHT WAYS SHES SHINING HER SPOTLIGHT ON A NEW GENERATION. ON A NEW GENERATION. GUYS, IF YOU COULD LOVE KRISTI GUYS, IF YOU COULD LOVE KRISTI ANYMORE, SHES DOWN TO EARTH AS ANYMORE, SHES DOWN TO EARTH AS YOU SEE THERE. YOU SEE THERE. SHE HASNT CHANGED IN 26 YEARS.
>>NO.SNT CHANGED IN 26 YEARS.>>NO.
SHE HASNT. SHE HASNT.
SHES JUST SO CHILL. SHES JUST SO CHILL.
AND AT PEACE AND COOL. AND AT PEACE AND COOL.
>>AND HAPPY.>>AND HAPPY.
>>YEAH.>>YEAH.
>>SHE IS.>>SHE IS.
>>YOU USE THE WORD LOVELY.>>YOU USE THE WORD LOVELY.
>>SHE IS.>>SHE IS.
SHE REALLY IS. SHE REALLY IS.
>>I SHOULD LET YOU GUYS KNOW>>I SHOULD LET YOU GUYS KNOW
THAT DURING THE OLYMPICS, SHE THAT DURING THE OLYMPICS, SHE
WILL BE COVERING THE FIGURE WILL BE COVERING THE FIGURE
SKATING COMPETITION DAILY. SKATING COMPETITION DAILY.
YOU CAN CHECK OUT HER SHOW, YOU CAN CHECK OUT HER SHOW,
“KRISTI AND COMPANY.” “KRISTI AND COMPANY.”
IT WILL BE ON NBCS DIGITAL IT WILL BE ON NBCS DIGITAL
CHANNEL, THE OLYMPIC ICE SHOW. CHANNEL, THE OLYMPIC ICE SHOW.
AND CHECK OUT THURSDAY NIGHT, AND CHECK OUT THURSDAY NIGHT,
THE COMPETITION BEGINS HERE. THE COMPETITION BEGINS HERE.
THE TEAM EVENT ON NBC PRIMETIME. THE TEAM EVENT ON NBC PRIMETIME.
OF COURSE, WERE ALL COUNTING OF COURSE, WERE ALL COUNTING
DOWN TO THE OPENING CEREMONY

Figure Skater Kristi Yamaguchi Looks Back At Her Olympic Gold Medal Moment | TODAY

55 thoughts on “Figure Skater Kristi Yamaguchi Looks Back At Her Olympic Gold Medal Moment | TODAY

  • February 6, 2018 at 2:48 pm
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    LOVED this interview!!!

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  • February 7, 2018 at 2:53 pm
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    In addition to her skating talent, it should be said that Kristi has always conducted herself with the utmost grace and dignity.

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  • February 8, 2018 at 7:24 am
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    Amazing woman ❤️❤️❤️

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  • February 9, 2018 at 6:12 am
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    Kristi looks good.

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  • February 9, 2018 at 5:40 pm
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    Yamaguchi Nagasaki Yamaha. Su..zuki! Hyundai Honda Datsun, Sansui. Mitsu…bishi !!! Kawasaki? Hitachi, Samsung Daihatsu Toyota Hiroshima. NO!! Nissan Isuzu Fukashima? Mazda, Daiwoo, KIA!!!

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  • February 9, 2018 at 9:16 pm
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    As a foreign English learner, hope I'm not wrong to say that the hostess Natalie Morales has a beautiful voice.

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  • February 10, 2018 at 12:34 am
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    Is that a flutz?

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  • February 10, 2018 at 4:41 am
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    Yesss! Such an icon for all young women and Asian-Americans ❤️❤️ Love her

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  • February 10, 2018 at 5:37 am
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    LOVE HER!

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  • February 10, 2018 at 4:07 pm
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    I met her quite a few years ago and she's like the nicest person ever.
    She signed my skate and talked with us~

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  • February 10, 2018 at 6:02 pm
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    Always a class act!!!

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  • February 10, 2018 at 6:58 pm
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    She looks the same. How is this possible? 😮

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  • February 10, 2018 at 9:07 pm
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    SHE LOOKS GORGEOUS.

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  • February 10, 2018 at 11:18 pm
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    I remember choosing Kristi as my star idol in 2nd grade and I had to dress up as her and create a huge presentation on why I loved and respected her. Ahhh! Love her so much.

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  • February 11, 2018 at 4:30 am
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    Kristi was always a lady – polite, gracious and friendly to all … a very consistent skater and most deserving of her Olympic Gold! Class all the way, and a wonderful mother who was the antithesis of a "skating mom" – Looking good, girl!

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  • February 12, 2018 at 9:37 pm
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    She's who I think of when I think of figure skating. She seems so down to earth, so lovely

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  • February 13, 2018 at 3:00 am
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    Pretty woman

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  • February 13, 2018 at 11:40 am
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    Wow legends are all the same when they succeed they are contented and Just enjoy their future skating career now i know why Yuna Kim also retire for Competetive skating and just focus on doing it

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  • February 13, 2018 at 12:01 pm
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    They should interview Dorothy Hamill as well 🙂

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  • February 13, 2018 at 7:09 pm
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    Kristy is such a beautiful person inside/out. Love her!!

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  • February 13, 2018 at 11:28 pm
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    Kristi has to be one of the classiest people on the planet 😊 she's just amazing.

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  • February 14, 2018 at 5:22 am
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    She’s still beautiful!

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  • February 14, 2018 at 5:26 am
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    down to earth people are the best people on earth!

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  • February 14, 2018 at 1:57 pm
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    Love Christy! Class act

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  • February 15, 2018 at 4:31 am
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    Looks the same today as 26 years ago. How is this possible?? Show us the Fountain of Youth, Kristi!

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  • February 15, 2018 at 5:31 am
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    I forgot she went professional so quickly, all I can say is good for her.  She did not have to deal with Harding and the whole knee whacking thing.

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  • February 18, 2018 at 11:55 am
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    She’s so beautiful in every way 😍

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  • February 18, 2018 at 8:38 pm
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    Always A Class Act!!

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  • February 19, 2018 at 10:04 am
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    Lol. The only thing that's changed with her is she doesn't have those late 80's-early 90's bangs. Haha. She's so amazing and beautiful.

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  • February 21, 2018 at 6:25 am
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    She looks so great. She hasn’t aged a bit. She deserves so much happiness

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  • February 23, 2018 at 2:02 am
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    What an elegant ex-champion. We're lucky to have her represent us.

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  • February 23, 2018 at 8:32 pm
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    Lovely girl

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  • February 24, 2018 at 2:40 am
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    Asians don't age. I have seen Chinese people who are 85, and yet they don't look a day over 35 or even 25.

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  • February 24, 2018 at 12:52 pm
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    She's so beautiful

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  • February 25, 2018 at 3:23 pm
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    I would like some sucky fucky rong time.

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  • February 25, 2018 at 7:28 pm
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    She aged really well, compared to Tonya.

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  • February 25, 2018 at 8:08 pm
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    She's such a doll. You can tell she's got a light and positive soul.

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  • March 1, 2018 at 6:53 pm
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    Her face is as flat as a pancake. No like.

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  • March 2, 2018 at 4:48 am
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    Great story. Reminds me of the days when Olympians were heros.

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  • March 7, 2018 at 7:54 pm
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    She’s an amazing athlete but honestly her skating bored the [email protected] out of me. Nonetheless anyone that can accomplish what she did is amazing af and I respect her class and endearing personality.

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  • March 10, 2018 at 7:13 am
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    The skating iTonya seemed like CGI

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  • March 12, 2018 at 2:03 am
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    She's a snoot

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  • March 12, 2018 at 2:06 am
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    This girl is so snooty I remember working at a salon as an assistant and I looked up at her for a second and she gave me the dirtiest look as if I was below her. Lol I was very surprised

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  • March 25, 2018 at 1:12 am
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    But wait, you fell in your LP in Albertville. That would not have won in ANY other Olympics.

    Love you, but not a fan of this interview.

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  • March 26, 2018 at 11:14 am
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    Dang! Yamaguchi really hasn't changed that much since 1992! It's her wonderful demeanor that radiates her.

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  • May 23, 2018 at 2:19 pm
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    I have to consider Kristi Yamaguchi a legend in figure skating.

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  • August 19, 2018 at 3:33 am
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    She has aged extremely well. And I remember her as being one of the few DWTS contestants who kept her cool and never got upset or caused any controversy. And, of course, she is still one of the best to have competed on the show.

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  • September 21, 2018 at 11:27 pm
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    Once she and Michelle Kwan stopped skating I stopped watching.

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  • October 17, 2018 at 3:09 pm
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    She’s so beautiful inside out!

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  • January 16, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    She was so gracious when responding to I, Tonya.

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  • March 3, 2019 at 2:45 am
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    The real champion💯 not like the little snob nancy k

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  • August 3, 2019 at 4:50 am
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    SEND THEM BACK!

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  • August 4, 2019 at 3:59 am
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    This woman Kristi yamaguchi is a pure Korean like 99.9 other Japanese pretending Koreans IN JAPAN…

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  • August 5, 2019 at 8:23 am
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    she look like rich bryan

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  • August 14, 2019 at 1:13 pm
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    Doubles partner? That’s why pairs siting is still in the dumpster.

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