Top 13 U.S. Winter Olympians
These athletes took home gold, but also stole our hearts. Choose your favorite winter Olympian in our poll
- By Megan Gambino
- Smithsonian.com, January 19, 2010
Kristi Yamaguchi (Eric Feferberg / AFP / Getty Images)
Kristi Yamaguchi’s success as a skater began in pairs skating with her partner, Rudy Galindo. But, by 1990, the California native turned her efforts to singles. In 1992, Yamaguchi became the national, Olympic and world champion. Her gold medal win at the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France, broke a dry spell for the women’s team, which hadn’t clinched a gold since Dorothy Hamill in 1976. In 2008, Yamaguchi’s skating skills translated over to the dance floor, where she earned a new title, winner of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. This February, during the Vancouver Winter Games, she will be a special correspondent for the Today show.