Kristi Yamaguchi Forgot What It’s Like to Lose

Pocket-size Dancing with the Stars competitor Kristi Yamaguchi proved that size really didn’t matter when she bested her fellow finalist, six-foot-six NFL athlete Jason Taylor.

Yamaguchi first skated her way into the hearts of Americans when she won her Olympic gold medal in figure skating in 1992. Now she’s done it again—minus the ice.

Taylor was a gracious loser and spoke highly of his fellow finalist, “Kristi is so deserving and everyone’s been so fantastic…I had the time of my life. I loved it.”

Cristián de la Fuente managed to make it to the final three when he was kept in the competition by popular vote despite sustaining a ruptured tendon. The Chilean actor said he felt compelled to continue by the courage of his partner, Cheryl Burke. “She’s been the best partner I could have. She’s been a real friend, not only a dance partner but a support when I really needed her.”

Yamaguchi’s performances were invariably stellar. This season seemed to be a question of whether or not her competitors would be able to catch up before the finale.

“I’ve got to say, for me, you are the most consistent dancer, not only on this season, but on any season,” head judge Len Goodman told the trophy winner.

All this gushing and graciousness makes for boring gossip. Next season, let’s get Tonya Harding on the show. Ruptured tendons will be the least of the competition’s worries.