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Kristi Yamaguchi Teen Choice Nom

Some in Hollywood think there are just too many awards shows. Here at Required Elements, no award is too small or superfluous to garner a mention when it deals with a figure skater.

California’s very own Kristi Yamaguchi has been nominated for a Teen Choice Award for her work on "Dancing with the Stars" in the category of Female Reality/Variety Star, according to WizbangPop! Yamaguchi has a tough road ahead of her – she is up against such class acts as Heidi Montag and Lauren Conrad (snooze) of "The Hills," Kim Kardashian of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," and Whitney Thompson of God knows which cycle of "America’s Next Top Model." I actually have never seen Thompson’s episodes, so she may very well be just as classy as Kristi, but, let’s face it, it’s hard to be as awesome as the Yamaguchi.

The awards show will be hosted by Miley Cyrus, and I’m not trying to make us all feel old when I note that Ms. Cyrus was not yet alive when Ms. Yamaguchi won her Olympic gold medal in 1992. The show will air on Fox on August 4. Let’s hope Kristi can bring home the surfboard!