Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi partnered with Smucker’s Uncrustables for their Hopes & Dreams contest. This contest gives families the chance to win a gold medal experience at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid.
Kristi opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the Hopes & Dreams contest and what her two daughters, Keara, 9, and Emma, 7, did this summer. The Olympic mom also reveals her favorites for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi!
CBS: Tell us about the new Uncrustables Contest this month. What is it all about, and how can people enter?
KY: “It’s so great to partner with Smucker’s for their Hopes and Dreams Family Photo promotion. People can take a picture of their family and submit it to the Uncrustables Facebook page with a caption about what makes their family’s hopes and dreams so special to them. The contestants can possibly win a family trip to Lake Placid, which is an Olympic training site. The winners will be able to meet me, as I will be there, and they can also experience going down the bobsled run on a bobsled. The winning family will be able to see where Team USA’s athletes train and see where some of their dreams are realized.”
CBS: Are you excited about the upcoming Olympics? Will you be attending it with your family?
KY: “Of course! I am very excited about the upcoming Olympics in Sochi. I will most likely attend and work in some capacity, just like I did for the 2010 games in Vancouver. I don’t think my children will go, because it is such a far trip to take during the school year. However, I have a feeling that my husband will possibly work there in some capacity as well, either with the women’s hockey team or for some other hockey-related activity.”
CBS: Who are your favorites to watch in the upcoming Olympics? Any predictions?
KY: “I love watching the figure skating. However, it’s hard to make predictions, as there are so many factors that come into these Games. We have two Olympic champions making a comeback; for the ladies, Yuna Kim from South Korea is coming back into the competition, and she had an extremely strong showing this past year. Once again, I think she is a favorite going into Sochi. For men’s figure skating, US figure skater Evan Lysacek is making a comeback and he’ll be looking to defend his Olympic title. Of course, I am rooting for him and USA all the way, but we also have some great young skaters, such as Max Aaron, the current men’s national champion. Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold are also the faces to watch for women’s figure skating.”
CBS: What do you think about the controversy over the public outcry to host the Olympic games in Sochi, due to Russia’s anti-gay laws?
KY: “When I think of the Olympics, I think of everyone coming together in peace and competing in goodwill and good sport. I hope that everyone is able to do that as well. It’s all about these amazing athletes who have worked their entire lives to showcase their dreams. I’ll be cheering for all the athletes!”
CBS: How are you daughters doing? How old are they now? What were some of the highlights of their summer?
KY: “My daughters are seven and nine years old now, so they’re getting older. This summer wasn’t too busy with activities. One of my daughters is in a competitive hula dance performing arts group, so we were busy with hula this whole summer. My younger daughter was involved in some sports camps and other fun activities to keep her busy this summer. She also ice skates, so she skated a couple of times a week. Those were the things that kept us busy this summer.”
CBS: What grades are your girls going into? Are they excited for the new school year? What are some of their favorite back-to-school items and ideas?
KY: “ My daughters are going into second and third grade. Some of their favorite back-to-school items are their new backpacks for the year, because they love personalizing them. These days, girls like putting little hanging charms on their backpacks. They also like getting the right eraser and things like that. [laughs] Of course, the first-day-of-school outfit is also very important. They are excited to go back-to-school shopping and get ready for the year.”
CBS: Now that your daughters are getting a little older, have you had any of the tough conversations with them yet? What are some of your best tips for parents on keeping the lines of communication open with their kids?
KY: “I think I’ve been lucky so far; I haven’t quite gotten to those moments that require tough conversations. There have been times where we’ve had disagreements, but I think I’ve been able to still exert my authority. [laughs] I think it is good to respect your child’s opinion, but explain your stance on whatever it is, especially if it involves his or her safety or anything like that. After school, I always try to ask them how their days went, what their favorite parts of the day were, or if anything happened that made them uncomfortable. Hopefully, as the years go on and they get older, I can continue to have those open conversations.”
CBS: What’s up next for you? What’s new with your Always Dream Foundation?
KY: “Aside from my number one priority of being a mom, I have a lot of things up next. I am working on a women’s active wear line and continuing to get that out. The Always Dream Foundation is focused on early childhood literacy, and we’re expanding two different reading programs into schools throughout California and possibly nationwide soon.”View Slideshow »»