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Yamaguchi follows Hamill's golden example

Updated: January 17, 2002, 10:20 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

February 21, 1992

Sixteen years ago, when she was four years old and Dorothy Hamill was winning Olympic gold, Kristi Yamaguchi skated while holding a Hamill doll. Tonight, Yamaguchi becomes the United States' first women's Olympic figure-skating champion since Hamill, who visits Yamaguchi before she skates her freestyle program.

After a near-fall on one of the easiest triple jumps in her 4-minute program, Yamaguchi regains her composure and recovers nicely. Landing five triples out ...

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