How many people in the world can say that they have won an Olympic Gold Medal, won ABC’s #1 Show “Dancing With The Stars”, served as a correspondent for NBC’s “The Today Show”, and become a NY Times Bestselling Children’s Author?  The answer to that incredible question is one, the amazing Kristi Yamaguchi!  Growing up as the face of American Figure Skating as a teenager, and then achieving a Gold Medal in the 1992 Winter Olympics, Kristi became a household name, and then when she won “Dancing With The Stars” (Dancing with the incredible Emmy Nominated Mark Ballas who I just interviewed as well!), she proved that her talents extended far beyond the ice, but now she has created a series of NY Times Bestselling Children’s Books about “Poppy The Pig”, first with “Dream Big, Little Pig”, and now with her newest book “It’s A Big World, Little Pig”, with a percentage of the proceeds from the book’s sales going to her “Always Dream Foundation” helping children “Fulfill Their Dreams”.

To say that Kristi Yamaguchi has lived a remarkable life is an understatement (During the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Kristi served as the Goodwill Ambassador and performed in both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. In addition, Kristi has been a spokesperson for National Skating Month and worked with U.S. Figure Skating and its member clubs to encourage people to learn to skate for fun and fitness), but what’s even more incredible is that her achievements were based off of her unrelenting work ethic and dedication to excellence to become a champion and role model. As an athlete, artist, author, wife, mother and philanthropist, Kristi embodies the word “Champion”. Her motto is “Always Dream,” and Kristi’s accomplishments prove that dreams can come true with hard work and dedication. 

Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with a true champion in NYC after her appearance on the Today Show to talk about her new book, her incredible career on and off the ice, having the ability to give back and help children through her foundation, the pressure and expectation that an Olympian faces, whether her not her own children are destined for the ice since her husband is an NHL Stanley Cup Champion as well, and sooo much more!  When you talk about people that we all should look up to and use as an example for our own lives, it doesn’t get much better then Kristi Yamaguchi, so enjoy Kade Nation!

And Here is Kristi on the Today Show that morning skating and speaking with Natalie Morales About her new book!