Yamaguchi in pro-Romney ad


Kristi Yamaguchi and other fellow Olympic gold medalists appear in a commercial supporting presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, focusing on his role as the head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The commercial, sponsored by the super-PAC Restore Our Future, features Yamaguchi, 2002 Olympic gold medalists Jimmy Shea (skeleton) and Derek Parra (speed skating), and Fraser Bullock, chief operating officer of the 2002 Winter Games.

They applaud his accomplishments as the head of the Salt Lake City games.

The commercial opens with Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic figure skating gold medalist and 2002 Winter Games goodwill ambassador, saying, “As an athlete, you’re training your whole life for that one moment at the Olympics.”

The commercial goes on to state the games were hit with scandal and deficits.

“He faced a $400 million budget deficit and turned that around to a $100 million surplus,” Bullock stated in the commercial.

“Mitt Romney brought a huge sense of hope,” Yamaguchi said.

Shea stated that, “Mitt gets things done” and “changed my life,” while Parra said “Mitt allowed athletes like myself to be able to realize our dreams.”

According to ABC News, Yamaguchi and her husband Bret Hedican each donated $2,300 to Romney’s previous campaign in 2007, and she has donated $2,500 to support his current run for the nation’s highest office.

According to USA Today, the ad is part of a $7.2 million buy airing during the Summer Games in London from July 31 in 11 battleground states — Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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