Michelle Kwan's Wedding: The Skating Champ Says 'I Do'

01/24/2013 at 03:30 PM EST

Michelle Kwan's Wedding: The Skating Champ Says 'I Do'
Michelle Kwan and Clay Pell
Courtesy of Caitlin Maloney
Nailing triple jumps and soaring spirals while the world watched, Michelle Kwan mastered the art of keeping her emotions in check.

But as she walked down the aisle to wed White House national-security strategist Clay Pell, 31, Jan. 19 in Providence, the two-time Olympic medalist and five-time women's world figure-skating champ turned the church into her own kiss-and-cry area.

"I thought I would at least make it to the vows," a laughing Kwan, 32, told PEOPLE the day after the wedding. "It was a dream."

– Cynthia Wang

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