Kristi Yamaguchi Olympics Gold

March 24, 2012 by staff 

Kristi Yamaguchi Olympics Gold, Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi stopped by Walnut Elementary yesterday to read her new children’s book to the youngsters.

The famous ice skater sailed into the school amphitheater where she quickly captured the kids’ hearts with her trademark smile.

The world champion read her new book “It’s a Big World, Little Pig,” which follows the title character as she competes as a skater in World Games.

Afterward, the students peppered the new author with questions about her life. Many remembered her winning the sixth season of “Dancing With the Stars,” she was the first woman to win the mirrored trophy since the first season.

“Dancing was less stressful,” Yamaguchi admitted. “But skating has always been a part of my life, though dancing comes in a close second.”

She said she began skating at the age of 6 and trained the next 14 years to win a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in 1992.

Yamaguchi went on to win the U.S. and world championships that year, then took the gold medal at the winter Olympics.

She now has two young daughters of her own and decided to write a children’s book of her own. Her first kid’s book was “Dream Big, Little Pig.”

Afterward, the skater signed books for the children. The visit was sponored by Mrs. Nelson’s Bookstore in La Verne.

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