Kristi Yamaguchi Speaks on Dancing With the Stars Finale

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Just a few hours prior to the Dancing with the Stars finale, Kristi Yamaguchi sat down with TV Guide. Here are highlights from the interview:

TV You've been a favorite from the start, and it's been a while since a woman has won Dancing with the Stars. Are you feeling any extra pressure?
Kristi Yamaguchi: No, I'm not looking at it as extra pressure. I think there's been pressure throughout the competition. I'm really proud and thankful for the fans who have voted us all the way through. At this point, I just want to dance my heart out and do all I can and hopefully have a good time.

Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas

TV You'll be going up Cheryl and Edyta. One of them is the two-time champion and the other is a show veteran.  What tricks are you and Mark planning to pull out for your freestyle?
Kristi: We've definitely got tricks up our sleeve. We've been working really hard and I think we've got some good surprises in store.

TV What's the best advice Mark Ballas has given you?
Yamaguchi: The best thing he's done is just prepare me for every Monday. We work really hard â€" we spend six to eight hours in the studio a day. Were adding on hours now because this week we have three dances to get ready. It's really non-stop. He has been good at knowing how to push me and how far to push me.

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