About Kristi Yamaguchi

About Kristi Yamaguchi

Founded in 1996, Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation mission is to inspire underserved children to reach for their dreams through innovative reading programs and by advancing the cause of early childhood literacy. The Always Reading literacy program combines technology with books to raise literacy skills, increase overall academic success and life potential. They also inspire children to “dream big” through engaging families with community events and serving as an advocate, highlighting the importance of early childhood literacy.

For more information about Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, please visit alwaysdream.org


Kristi Yamaguchi is one of the Bay Area’s best known women of ice. She grew up in Fremont and skated in San Jose and beyond before taking Olympics gold in figure skating in 1992. She won the World Championships in 1991 and 1992, as well as Junior World Championships in 1988. After her Olympics win, Yamaguchi toured with Stars on Ice, worked as spokeswoman, wrote a best-selling children’s book and won Dancing With the Stars. 


Yamaguchi continues to call the Bay Area home, raising her daughters here with husband, retired hockey play and Sharks play-by-play announcer, Bret Hedican. 


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