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Sacramento Bee: Kristi Yamaguchi Inducted into California Hall of Fame

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Kristi Yamaguchi

Kristi Yamaguchi was among eight people inducted Wednesday night into the California Hall of Fame, reports the Sacramento Bee.

The 1992 Olympic gold medalist in figure skating admitted to a little insecurity after reaching the highest level in her sport.

“When you hit the Olympics at 20, its kind of daunting,” said Yamaguchi. “You say is this the pinnacle of my life. By the time I was 30, oh look at my life, out of the spotlight. But there’s always been a lot of fun things to look forward to, new challengers to face and challenge myself with. You can’t stop living life.”

Yamaguchi has gone on to be an author, inspirational speaker, philanthropist and mom. She also regained the national spotlight in 2008 when she was crowned Dancing with the Stars champion.

She talked about the future of the U.S. Olympic dreams in women’s ice skating and her hopes for the young girls coming up in the clip below.

Also inducted into the Hall of Fame was Bruce Lee, the Kung Fu and Hollywood legend. Other honorees included Peanuts creator Charles Schultz, actor Robert Downey Jr., music legend Buck Owens, NBC news anchor Lester Holt, artist David Hockney and astronaut Ellen Ochoa, the first Latina in space.

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