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Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, Clay Pell to divorce

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/29/2017
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2014 file photo, Clay Pell, left, grandson of the late Sen. Claiborne Pell, D-RI, and his wife, two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Michelle Kwan, right, enter the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I., to begin his campaign for governor of Rhode Island. Clay Pell said in a statement Wednesday, March 29, 2017, that the couple is getting a divorce after four years of marriage. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2014 file photo, Clay Pell, left, grandson of the late Sen. Claiborne Pell, D-RI, and his wife, two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Michelle Kwan, right, enter the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I., to begin his campaign for governor of Rhode Island. Clay Pell said in a statement Wednesday, March 29, 2017, that the couple is getting a divorce after four years of marriage. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Olympic medalist figure skater Michelle Kwan and Rhode Island attorney and political activist Clay Pell are getting divorced.

FILE - In this photo Jan. 19, 2013 file photo, Olympic skater, Michelle Kwan and Coast Guard Lt. Clay Pell leave the First Unitarian Church after their wedding ceremony in Providence, R.I. Clay Pell said in a statement Wednesday, March 29, 2017, that the couple is getting a divorce after four years of marriage. (Frieda Squires/The Providence Journal via AP, File ) © The Associated Press FILE - In this photo Jan. 19, 2013 file photo, Olympic skater, Michelle Kwan and Coast Guard Lt. Clay Pell leave the First Unitarian Church after their wedding ceremony in Providence, R.I. Clay Pell said in a statement Wednesday, March 29, 2017, that the couple is getting a divorce after four years of marriage. (Frieda Squires/The Providence Journal via AP, File )

Pell says in a statement issued Wednesday it's with "deep regret" the couple's four-year marriage is coming to an end.

Kwan is a five-time world figure skating champion and nine-time U.S. figure skating champion. She won Olympic medals in 1998 and 2002.

Pell is the grandson of Rhode Island's late Democratic U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2014.

Pell and Kwan married in Providence in 2013.

Pell says it's "a sad and difficult turn of events." He says he loves Kwan and wishes her the best as her life takes her in a new direction.

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This story has been corrected to show Kwan was an Olympic medalist, not an Olympic gold medalist.

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