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Ice Princess


Don’t expect to see Kristi Yamaguchi on her eponymous Embarcadero ice rink this winter.

The 34-year-old former Olympic gold medalist—and Alamo resident—is expecting her second child, and hasn’t put on her skates in months. But Yamaguchi has been busy: Her NBC skating special, Kristi Yamaguchi Friends and Family, airs on New Year’s Eve.

Q: How much time do you and your husband [hockey star Bret Hedican] get to spend in Alamo?
A: We live in North Carolina while Bret is playing hockey with the Hurricanes, and in the off-season we live in Alamo. After Bret retires, we plan to live in Alamo year-round. We were attracted to Alamo because it’s a family-friendly city with good schools.

Q: Tell us about your new TV special.
A: The skaters participating—Nancy Kerrigan and Ekaterina Gordeeva—are parents, and some will appear with their children. I was originally planning to skate in the show, but after learning I was pregnant, I became one of the cohosts.

Q: You started the Always Dream Foundation in the East Bay as a way of helping underprivileged children. What projects are you currently working on?
A: We wanted to help the many children who had lost everything in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. So many children lost all their worldly possessions, then had to be relocated to a new and unfamiliar city. Our foundation is working to send these children clothes and shoes.

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