Kristi Yamaguchi Reflects on Olympic Career

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Angela Weiss/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are one year away in Sochi. ABC’s Dancing With the Stars champion and 1992 gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi is teaming up with Team Kellogg’s, working with current athletes as they prepare for the Sochi Games in Russia.

Twenty-one years since she won her gold medal, Yamaguchi joined ABC Sports Radio to reflect on her career.

“It was really a 14-year journey to the Olympics. There were six days a week, five to six hours of training a day,” Yamaguchi said. “It was fun, the Olympics was the ultimate dream, but I think all the other steps along the way were incredible.”

Aside from winning her gold medal in ’92, Yamaguchi said the opening ceremony was “one of my fondest moments.”

“That was certainly a proud moment and a moment I definitely felt honored,” she continued.

When it comes to Olympians of the future, Yamaguchi had this advice: “You have to love what you’re doing and enjoy the process. There’s no secret to success that’s something my coach always said, it just takes plain and simple hard work but it’s worth it when you really love something.”

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