The Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi needs no introduction when it comes to figure skating. The two-time world champion, Kristi had a successful career as a figure skater. Now, she is retired but has established herself as a legendary player. After her retirement from figure skating, she got involved in other professions. Let’s learn all about her earnings and net worth in 2019.
Born as Kristine Tsuya Yamaguchi, on July 12, 1971, in Hayward, California, Kristi Yamaguchi is an American former figure skater, author, and TV personality. She has American and Japanese ancestry. Her grandparents emigrated to US. Her mother, Jim Yamaguchi, was a dentist while her father, Carole Yamaguchi, was a medical secretary. She was raised in Fremont, California with her other two siblings. She had dreamt of becoming a figure skater since her childhood.
In fact, she was initially home-schooled just to keep continue her training schedules. Later, she attended Mission San Jose High School and completed her high school from here. Then, she attended the University of Alberta and completed a psychology course from here. Kristi has club feet, so at her childhood, the skating training were actually a physical therapy for her which later turned out to be her passion.
Sport not only gave her a successful career but also the love of her life. She met the hockey player Bret Hedican at 1992 winter Olympic. Soon, they came into the relationship and started dating. They got married in 2000. The happy couple is presently the parents of two daughters who were born in 2003 and 2005.
As a child, Kristi had to take skating and ballet training lessons as a physical therapy for her club feet. Soon, she started enjoying it and dreamt to make a career in it. She continued her training till she turned into a professional player. She first impressed the people at the age of 15 by winning the US junior championship title in 1986 with Rudy Galindo. In next few years, she won some other junior level championships with Rudy Galindo who remained her pair till 1990. After 1990, they both decided to make a career as a single figure skater.
In order to make her single career, she moved to Alberta in 1991 and took coaching with Christy Ness for a brief period of time. By the time, she had become the professional player. In 1991 itself, she won World Championship and created the headlines but the big was yet to come for her. The next year, in 1992, she won the gold medal in France Winter Olympic and garnered a huge publicity. This publicity helped her to make her debut in the glamour world. In 1994, she made her silver screen debut with ‘You Must Remember This’.
Awards & achievements
The Olympic gold medallist Kristy has won many titles and championships in her game. She is two-time world junior champion and two-times world champion. She is also the celebrity champion to win a season ‘Dancing with the Stars’. In 2005, she was inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame.
Net worth of Kristy Yamaguchi
Kristy is not only an athlete but also a sports analyst and an actress. In the early 2000s, she retired from figure skating after having a thriving career and became the sports analyst. Even when she was active as a figure skater, she stepped into acting. Thus, she is actively involved mainly three professions. So far, she has churned out a remarkable amount of money from all these sources. As of now, she has a total net worth of $20 million. She is also an author. She has published 3 kids book which were quite successful.
Kristy Yamaguchi was born with the club feet but turned her biggest weakness into the most powerful strength. She could become a figure skater just because of it.