This Day In Sports History (February 20th) — Billy Smith
This Day In Sports History (February 21st) — Kristi Yamaguchi
It was on this day in 1992 that Kristi Yamaguchi won an Olympic gold medal in women’s figure skating. It would be the first, and only, Olympic medal won by Yamaguchi during her figure skating career.
Going into the ’92 Albertville Games, USA’s Tonya Harding and Japan’s Midori Ito held the advantage of being able to consistently land their triple axels, while Yamaguchi decided to concentrate on her artistry and her triple-triple combinations. That turned out to be a great decision, as she went on to win the competition, despite a couple of slip-ups during her free program. That was largely due to the fact that neither Harding nor Ito were able to land their triple axels.
After successfully defending her World title later that year, Yamaguchi would turn professional and tour with Stars on Ice for several years.
Here is a look at Yamaguchi’s free skate performance at the ’92 Winter Games.
Ryan Smyth, NHL – Born on February 21, 1976 (age 37) in Banff, Alberta
Steve Francis, NBA – Born on February 21, 1977 (age 36) in Takoma Park, Maryland
Braylon Edwards, NFL – Born on February 21, 1983 (age 30) in Detroit, Michigan