Kristi Yamaguchi, off the ice for the first time since she was 6 years old, dreamed about skating.
"Usually, it would be about an event and I wasn't prepared. I'd be walking in and they were announcing my name and I couldn't remember any of the choreography," Yamaguchi said. "I look at the other competitors and think, 'How am I going to do this? My consistency is just not there.' It was all just because I wasn't skating."
That so funny. Must be Kristi's worst nightmare. Sounds like the skaters' version of the dream where you show up for school and realize you have to take a exam you didn't know about and haven't studied for.
Kristi is such an inspiration! What a great role model!
Even awake, Kristi once said that every time she competed, just before she stepped onto the ice the thought always flew through her head, "What if I forget my choreography? What if I forget how to skate altogether?"
Thanks ... what a great article! She has set such a fine example over the years ... I'm so happy that she is getting to enjoy this new part of her life.
I have always liked Kristi and enjoyed seeing her in SOI. Best of luck to her with her new life and family! :D
From the article:
"During the pregnancy, Hedican noticed that when the two of them were flipping television channels, Yamaguchi would begin to linger on figure skating, something she had never done before.
"Usually, she would go right by it. Now, she'll stop and watch a little. She still has that fire," Hedican said. "And it's part of who you are and part of how you express yourself."
I thought that was a bit odd. Why would she flip right past skating on television? I would think an athlete would be interested in watching his/her own sport--especially one as varied as figure skating.
Maybe when she was skating all the time, doing 50 shows a year with SOI, practicing and working on routines every day, she was probably glad to have a few hours away from skating altogether when she went home. Now that she is not on the ice all day, she is starting to get back in the groove by checking out the television.
I hope this means that she is not done as a performer. Kristi could skate for another decade if she wants to, and if she finds a way to pace herself and to balance her two careers -- world champion figure skater and (so I believe in my heart) world class mom.
Its great to read some updated info on Kristi and how she has been doing. I agree with Mathman here. I think she could skate for quite a few more years so long as she can balance being mom and being skater. And I still haven't seen her skate live yet so I selfishly hope she comes back to SOI in the near future! :D