Kristine Tsuya “Kristi” Yamaguchi was born on the 12th July 1971, in Hayward, California USA. She is best known for being an American professional figure skater, who won the 1992 Olympic Games, and was twice World champion, as well as the 1992 US champion. She is also the author of several books.
Have you ever wondered how rich Kristi Yamaguchi is, as of mid- 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the overall size of Kristi’s net worth is over $8 million, which has been accumulated through her successful involvement in the sports industry not only as a professional figure skater, but also as an analyst. Another source is coming from her appearances in several TV shows. Besides that, she has published several books, which have also increased her overall net worth.
Kristi Yamaguchi Net Worth $8 Million
Kristi Yamaguchi is the daughter of Jim Yamaguchi, a dentist, and Carole, who was a medical secretary. She spent her childhood in Fremont, California with her two siblings. She received her education privately and then she matriculated from Mission San Jose High School, where she also began skating.
Kristy`s career began in the late 1980s, when she participated in the US Junior Championships, alongside Rudy Galindo, with the pair winning the gold medal. At the same competition, she also won the gold medal in singles. The two continued successfully through the years, winning the World Junior Championships held in Brisbane in 1988, andthe following year the senior titles in US Championships, and repeated the accomplishment in 1990, which increased her potential net worth..
Apart from her career with Galindo, Kristy has also had a successful career on her own; she won the gold medal at the World Championships in Munich in 1991, and repeated her success the following year, held in Oakland. Kristy`s potential net worth also increased when she won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1992 held in Albertville, Canada, after previously winning the US National championships.
After 1992, Kristy turned professional, and toured with Stars On Ice, which added a lot to her net worth. To speak further of her career, she worked as a commentator for the Winter Olympics in 2006 on the KNTV, a San Jose-based TV station. She also served as commentator at the 2010 Winter Olympics, but this time on Universal Sports Network, which was managed by NBC.
Kristy also appeared in the TV show “Dancing With Stars” in 2008, winning the competition with her dancing partner Mark Ballas, which also added somewhat to her net worth. She has also published several books, including “Figure Skating For Dummies” (1997), “Pure Gold” (1997), and “Dream Big Little Pig” (2011), the sales of which have added a substantial amount to her net worth.
Thanks to her skills, Kristy has received several prestigious awards, including the Inspiration Award in 2008 given by the Asian Excellence Awards, and Sonja Henie Award from the Professional Skaters Association, also in 2008. Furthermore she is a member of the US Olympic Committee Hall of Fame, US Figure Skating Hall of Fame and World Skating Hall of Fame.
Speaking about her personal life, Kristi Yamaguchi has been married to Bret Hedican, a former professional hockey player, since July of 2000; they have two daughters and currently live in Northern California. Kristi is also known for being a philanthropist, as she is the founder of the Always Dream Foundation for children, established in 1996.
Attended Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California.
Welcomed 2nd daughter, Emma Yoshiko, on Wednesday, 16 November 2005.
Inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2005.
Both she and Bret own homes in Raleigh, North Carolina, Fremont, California and Brainerd, Minnesota.
Welcomed her first child, daughter Keara Kiyomi, with husband Bret Hedican (01 October 2003)
Hallmark crafted a Christmas tree ornament figurine of her as part of their Olympic Medalist series.
Hallmark made a snowglobe with a figurine of Kristi in it
1987 Junior Worlds pairs bronze medalist
1989 & 1990 U.S. pairs national champ.
1986 Junior U.S. pairs national champion, with Rudy Galindo.
Husband Bret Hedican is a National Hockey League defenseman (2001-Present) with the Carolina Hurricanes. He was a member of the 2005-2006 team that won the Stanley Cup. Hedican also was a member of the 2006 USA Olympic Men's Hockey Team.