Yesterday evening, the girls and I had the pleasure of meeting 1992 Ladies Figure Skating Olympic Gold Medalist, Kristi Yamaguchi. who was in town promoting her new book. "It's a Big World, Little Pig". The book is a sequel to her first book "Dream Big, Little Pig". Both books follow the story of a little pig named Poppy who is an ice skater.
Kristi introduced her book and read it to the audience. My girls followed the story along with their book.
My girls were one of the few that were allowed to sit in the floor in the front row. Following the reading, Kristi held a Q and A. That little hand up is my daughter Audrey who asked Kristi how old she was when she went to her first championship.
I also asked a question. I asked her what advice she could give to those of us in the audience who were raising figure skaters to help us ensure a positive experience for our daughters.
After the Q and A we were able to meet Kristi and get pictures and autographs.
She personalized both girls' books and signed both their ice skates. She spent alot of time with the girls, asking them about their skating and giving them encouragement.
She spent time with each one asking them about their skating and telling them to work hard and Dream Big. It was a wonderful experience for me and the girls. In my life, I've had the opportunity to meet a dozen or so "celebrities" and Kristi may be my new favorite on that list. She is a class act and was extremely gracious. It was a very special evening for my little figure skaters, and for me as well!
Do you remember watching Kristi win the Gold Medal in Albertville, France in 1992?
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