Olympic skater Kristi Yamaguchi launches fashion line

Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:34pm EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi, 41, has launched a fashion line called Tsu.ya, featuring t-shirts, leggings, jackets and other active wear.

Yamaguchi spoke to Reuters about her post-skating career and life with her two daughters and her husband, retired professional hockey player Bret Hedican.

Q: What's behind the name Tsu.ya?

A: "It's actually my middle name, and it was my grand-mother's name. I liked it because it's a nod to my Japanese heritage. We put the period in there because we thought it would break it up and make it easier to pronounce. And it looks good too."

Q: Have you always been interested in fashion?

A: "I'd always been interested in developing some type of line. Now as an active mom, I was looking for clothes that fit into my current lifestyle and could accommodate other busy women out there."

Q: What makes your line of active wear different from others?

A: "I wanted to infuse fashion into the active wear ... I wanted to do something feminine, something that could go from the gym to other areas of your life, whether you're running errands or carpooling the kids.   Continued...

Former Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi of the U.S. gets her makeup done before the Heart's Truth Red Dress collection show at New York Fashion Week February 13, 2009. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri