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A golden anniversary on ice

February, 21, 2014
Feb 21
Kristi YamaguchiAP Photo/Marcy NighswanderGold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi hugs bronze medalist Nancy Kerrigan during figure skating's medal ceremony in 1992.

On this day in 1992, Kristi Yamaguchi won the women's figure skating gold medal in Albertville, France. She became the first American woman to do so since Dorothy Hamill in 1976. Yamaguchi went on to win her second straight world championship shortly after the Games and then turned professional. She was a staple on the Stars on Ice tour for many years and participated in the pro circuit. Today, she is still a well-known figure thanks to winning "Dancing with the Stars" and her work as a figure skating analyst. Since her victory at Albertville, two other American women have stood atop the Olympic podium -- Tara Lipinski in 1998 and Sarah Hughes in 2002. With none of the American women competing in Sochi claiming the top spot -- 18-year-old Gracie Gold finished fourth, 22-year-old Ashley Wagner seventh and 15-year-old Polina Edmunds ninth -- the American gold-medal drought continues until at least the 2018 Olympic Games.

High Marks For Polina Edmunds

February, 18, 2014
Feb 18
Polina EdmundsAP Photo/Steven SennePolina Edmunds begins her quest for an Olympic medal Wednesday in the figure skating short program.

Fifteen-year old American figure skater Polina Edmunds may not be as well known as her teammates Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold, but you would never know it by some of her high-profile fans. The high school sophomore -- who was given three weeks' worth of homework to take to Sochi -- is a student at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif. The same high school that three-time beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and two-time women's soccer gold medalist Brandi Chastain attended. The gold-medal-winning alumni spoke at a pep rally for Edmunds before she headed to Europe, encouraging her to continue their medal-winning ways. Danielle Robinson of the San Antonio Silver Stars can also be counted as an Archbishop Mitty alum. The school has been consistently named one of the top athletic programs in the country by Sports Illustrated and MaxPreps. Edmunds will begin her medal quest on Wednesday as the short program gets underway.