At home with Kristi Yamaguchi and family

04/04/2008 at 01:46 PM ET

Dancing With the Stars contestant Kristi Yamaguchi posed with her family in the latest issue of People. The 36-year-old Olympic champion figure skater shares her Raleigh, NC home with NHL player husband Bret Hedican, 37, and daughters Keara Kiyomi, 4 ½, and Emma Yoshiko, 2. Also photographed with partner Mark Ballas, 21, Kristi said,

I got burnt out on skating. I was ready to focus on being a mom. [The girls] love being on the ice, but I wouldn’t say they’re open to instruction at this point. I don’t know how my mom got up at 4 every morning to take me to the rink, but now I can see why she did it. You do anything to make your kids happy. My life has slowed down. I’m comfortable just being Mom.

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Source: People, April 14th issue.

Photos by Erin Patrice O’Brien.

Two more images below.

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Harley on

It really puts a whole new light on her seeing her with the kids and her hubby. That first picture with the girls dressed up is ADORABLE!

pixie on

That toybox in the background is gorgeous!!!!

FC on

The girls have gotten big since the last time I saw them. I think the last time I saw them was when Keara was around Emma’s age, and Emma was just a newborn baby.🙂

Must say, Bret is pretty damn handsome!

Jill on

Gorgeous family! Any info on that shirt Kristi has on-LOVE IT!

tink1217 on

Bret is one of my favorite hockey players!! And Kristi is one of my all time favorite figure skaters. Her girls are gorgeous!! mark and Kristi are great on DWTS!

brooke on

Such cute girls

Ashley on

Her daughters are so adorable, such pretty girls :)………. so is Mark Ballas, I am a Dancing With the Stars FANATIC lol and keeping my votes up for Kristi and Mark WHoop whoop!!

Tam on

Wow I love her family. It’s ironic that their house is only 30 minutes away from where I live! She’s definitely my favorite contestant on Dancing with the Stars.

Jennifer on

Her girls are darling!🙂

melissa on

awwwwww how cute is that first picture i love her always have what an adorable family and her and mark are kicking butt on dwts lol

Steph on

Cute pictures.

I LOVE her shirt and her dress. Any idea where they’re from? She’s a pretty stylish dresser!

FILIPINOS on

HER FAMILY LIFE IS JUST WHAT WE INVISIONED IT TO BE, BLESSED BECAUSE SHE IS A BLESSING. WE ARE VOTING FOR HER WEEKLY, SHE’S AN INSPIRATION TO ALL FAMILIES THAT WANT TO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN WITH ALL THE GOODNESS OF GOD….

Becky on

I now love Kristi’s dancing as much as I’ve always loved her skating.

What a beautiful family!

Go Kristi and Mark.

bethany on

omg, if she doesn’t win dwts, something is very wrong in the world🙂 her family is adorable. love her daughter’s chubby legs!

lana dailey on

was bret a ice skater before hockey or just always a hockey player

katie on

hey wat up

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