Let's Get Serious!

Apr. 23 2008, Published 3:45 p.m. ET

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Hi Everyone!

So I wanted to take a minute to talk a little bit about the segment from Monday where I talked about growing up with a club foot. Yesterday I was so excited about my perfect 30 score that I didn't get a chance to talk about it.

I want to say that it’s part of who I am. I try not to think about it and let it be a barrier. Even with my skating—it’s not like I thought about it, like ‘I overcame this, it’s going to be more difficult.’ I just kind of pushed through it.

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I guess my mom would be better to ask but I guess just learning to walk and crawl with casts on was hard. Actually, I do remember having corrective shoes with the brace in between them and walking around the house and sliding all over the floor and just having sore legs all the time. I don’t know—maybe it made me stronger.

On another serious note, not having Marlee around at the show is going to be hard.  She was always such a positive spirit to be around, such a funny kind and generous lady.  I can’t believe she won’t be there on Monday.  I admire Marlee for being such an inspiration to me personally because she manages to balance her work with motherhood.   We usually had our post Monday show dinners at the same restaurant, and I enjoyed seeing Marlee and her family there. I will miss her. 

Kristi Yamaguchi

Well, I'm looking forward to next week's challenge- two dances in one week!!



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