Kristi Yamaguchi Encourages Kids To “Always Dream”

Kristi Yamaguchi is a force to be reckoned with! She is an Olympic ice skating champion, the first woman to win Dancing with the Stars, and now she’s taking on children’s literature! The mom-of-two recently penned the inspirational tale, Dream Big Little Pig!, which encourages children to find their passion and follow their dreams.

Kristi – who is married to former Olympic/retired pro-hockey player, Bret Hedican – opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about their two adorable daughters, Keara, 7, and Emma, 5, her personal motto to “Always Dream,” and how motherhood has changed her.

CBS: Tell us about your new children’s picture book, Dream Big Little Pig! What inspired you to write a children’s book?

KY: “It’s about a little pig named Poppy who is trying to find her niche in life. She attempts a few different activities without finding any spark or magic. With encouragement from friends and family, she discovers ice skating and finds her passion. It’s all about determination and perseverance. I was inspired by my own children and their love of books.”

CBS: Did your kids help you write it?

KY: “They didn’t help me write it, but my older daughter Keara helped name Poppy the pig. And Emma my younger one has her name as Poppy’s best friend. They were a perfect test audience though when the manuscript was done. As long as they liked it, I felt good with it.”

CBS: Tell us about your two daughters, Keara & Emma. What are they into?

KY: “Keara is 7. She’s into art, skiing, gymnastics, hula dancing and playing. Emma is 5. She’s into ice skating, gymnastics, skiing and playing.”

CBS: Are your girls into ice sports like mom and dad?

KY: “They are both in group skating lessons. I don’t see the ‘spark’ there that I had, but I’m fine with that. I just hope they find something that they have a passion for.”

CBS: How has motherhood changed you? What are some of your favorite mom moments?

KY: “I now know what complete unconditional love is. I understand how parents will do anything in their power for the benefit of their children. I do find that I am a lot more cautious now as a mom. Some favorite mom moments – cuddling, seeing them laugh and smile, seeing them learn something new and the fascination that comes with it.”

CBS: We hear your personal motto is “Always Dream.” Tell us how you inspire your girls to “Always Dream.”

KY: “I want to try and give them opportunity to try many things and find that something special. I ask them every so often what they want to be when they grow up and then explain to them what they need to do to get there.”

CBS: It seems like you win at everything you do! You’re an Olympic champ and you were the first woman to win Dancing with the Stars. What’s next?

KY: “[Smiles]… well, I love a challenge! I hope my lifestyle brand ‘Kristi Yamaguchi’ will bring some fun, innovative products to market. The goal is to direct a portion of the proceeds to my Always Dream Foundation to support it’s work in early childhood literacy.”

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Photo credit: Claire Deliman


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  1. E R

    Keara and Emma are just as beautiful as their mom.

    This is a such a positive message and I commend Kristi on enforcing this to her children.

  2. Angela

    I thought Kelly Monaco was the first woman to win DWTS

  3. Bella

    Yes, the girl from General Hospital was the first women to win DWTS.

    Her girls are beautiful.

  4. alaina

    Keara and Emma are beautiful little girls

  5. Anonymous

    I love Kristi! She seems like an amazing mom.

  6. Anonymous

    Gorgeous girls. Half asian, half white babies are the cutest.

  7. Anonymous

    OMG, those girls are ADORABLE!!

  8. ryface23

    *Thanks to all of you who remembered Kelly Monaco was the first to win and the first woman to win DWTS!!! She never seems to get the credit she deserves.
    *However not to take away from Kristi, my favorite skater of all time, she is lovely and her children are beyond beautiful!

  9. Anonymous

    her girls are really beautiful.

  10. carolyn Robertson

    All three of them are just beautiful!

  11. Anonymous

    they are so gorgeous! I love this picture!!

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