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By Kiki Von Glinow

From triple axles to triple threat, Olympic champion figure skater, Kristi Yamaguchi is a force to be reckoned with. Active supporter and face of the American Lung Association’s Faces of Influenza campaign, mother of two and fashionista, Yamaguchi is proof that you can have it all.

Aside from running around after her two young daughters, Yamaguchi has dedicated much of her time to Faces of Influenza to spread awareness about the flu vaccination.

“I work with families across the country who have lost loved ones to influenza and its complications through the Faces of Influenza program,” she said. “Their stories are heartbreaking to me, especially because these deaths might have been prevented by a simple vaccination.”

Emphasizing that seasonal influenza causes more than 36,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations every year, Yamaguchi stressed the magnitude of this illness and the fact that it can be avoided.

“Starting when I first began training for the Olympics my mother made sure I got a flu shot every year, especially because flu season runs right through skating season,” she said. “Since then I’ve been a strong proponent of getting a flu shot every year. I haven’t had the flu in years and credit it to getting vaccinated.”

Yamaguchi can’t afford to fall under the weather – she’s recently been all over the country participating in a variety of skating shows, including NBC’s “Kristi Yamaguchi and Friends” where she skated to The Backstreet Boys’ live performance – a perfect blend of nostalgia.
And, arguably just as important as her routines themselves, growing up, I was always glued to the TV to see Yamaguchi’s competition costumes – elegant and sophisticated, she always had a flawless look. So, while we had her attention, I snuck in a few questions about her fashion evolution and beauty routine, past and present. To my surprise, I learned that she didn’t have the styling and makeup team behind the curtains that I had imagined.

“I actually think that I needed a stylist back when I competed,” she admitted. “(And) I usually did my own make up.”

But, Yamaguchi saved her glam look for ice-time only. For her everyday look, she just stuck to the staples: lipstick and mascara. Now, she swears by Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 to give her a healthy glow while simultaneously protecting her skin from the sun and she dips her nails in OPI’s ‘Girl Talk’ to add a dramatic edge to her look.

And from her beauty bag to her closet, Yamaguchi stocks up on “a couple of good pairs of jeans – one comfy and one dressy – some fun tops and sweaters, the latest style of shoes or boots” to keep her look updated and chic. And the fall trends she can’t live without? Yamaguchi loves a “great animal print drapey sweater” and a pair of no nonsense motorcycle boots.

In her spare time Yamaguchi loves to read, “especially to my girls at the end of the night,” she said.

A woman who is on a mission to be a great mom and role model and looks good doing it, Yamaguchi gets perfect 10s across the board in our book.

Find out if you or someone you love is a “face” of influenza at http://www.facesofinfluenza.org.

Originally published November 2009
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