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This Day In Sports History (February 21st) — Kristi Yamaguchi

by: JamieD On  Friday, February 21, 2014

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.

Notable Birthdays

Ryan Smyth, NHL – Born on February 21, 1976 (age 38) in Banff, Alberta

Steve Francis, NBA – Born on February 21, 1977 (age 37) in Takoma Park, Maryland

Braylon Edwards, NFL – Born on February 21, 1983 (age 31) in Detroit, Michigan