February 21, 1992: Kristi Yamaguchi became the first female U.S. figure skater to bring home the Olympic gold medal in the ladies' single competition since Dorothy Hamill in 1976.
No one was skating better than Northern Californian native Yamaguchi heading into the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville, France. Yamaguchi was the World Figure Skating Championships in 1991, and the U.S. Nationals in 1992. She was ready for this moment.
Yamaguchi focused on her artistry and her triple-triple combinations in hopes of becoming a more well-rounded skater than her competitors. Oh, two of her competitors were Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, by the way. Her competitors couldn't land the big triple-axel jump and Yamaguchi's technique won out. Watch her performance:
Yamaguchi would go on to win the World Championships again in 1992. In 2005, she was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
In 2008, she would become the celebrity champion on "Dancing With The Stars".
Here's to you Kristi Yamaguchi, and the day you brought home gold for the U.S.