March 17, 1992 |
Subtle racism and the current climate of Japan-bashing are depriving figure-skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi of her just desserts as a commercial property, or so the story goes. Corporate America is either too bigoted or too craven to choose an Asian American as a spokeswoman, the story goes, so the Olympic gold medalist from Fremont is missing her prime chance. It's a compelling story and rife with irony, but at least so far, it doesn't appear to be true.
February 9, 1990 |
Kristi Yamaguchi, who goes for her second pairs title tonight with partner Rudi Galindo, is seeking to become the first woman in 50 years to win both a U.S. pairs and singles crown in the same U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Yamaguchi was third behind Jill Trenary and Tonya Harding after Thursday's women's original program. Trenary kept her lead--barely--despite falling during her required double-axel jump in the women's original program because she had won the compulsories Wednesday.
March 24, 1993 |
Kristi Yamaguchi, gold medalist in figure skating at the 1992 Winter Olympics at Albertville, France, will not defend her title at Lillehammer, Norway, in February. Yamaguchi said she will not apply for reinstatement of her eligibility to compete as an amateur. Yamaguchi, 22, has been touring with Scott Hamilton, Brian Orser, Rosalyn Sumners and other former Olympic stars.
March 15, 1992 |
I know I should hate myself for this, but I am having a hard time feeling sorry for Kristi Yamaguchi. Just in case you missed the Winter Olympics, Yamaguchi won the gold medal for the United States in women's figure skating. And, if you like figure skating, she was terrific. Recently, however, a number of stories have appeared in print and on network television claiming that because Yamaguchi is a Japanese-American, she won't get the big endorsements that turn athletes into multimillionaires.
February 18, 2002
A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, played, heard, observed, worn, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here. What: "Intimate Portrait: Kristi Yamaguchi" Where: Lifetime, Tuesday, 7-8 p.m. Kristi Yamaguchi, who won the gold medal in women's figure skating at the 1992 Winter Olympics, has never had a knee whacked or been involved with anyone who would do such a thing. There aren't any dark corners in Yamaguchi's life.
February 10, 1990 |
Kristi Yamaguchi of Fremont, Calif., can become the first woman in 40 years to win national figure skating championships in both singles and pairs after teaming with Rudi Galindo of San Jose Friday night to defend their pairs title at the Salt Palace. Yamaguchi, 18, is in third place in singles but can win the championship with a victory in today's freestyle program. The second-place pair was Natasha Kuchiki, 13, of Canoga Park and Todd Sand, 26, of Thousand Oaks.