Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, Clay Pell to divorce

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              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 Olympi...

              FILE - In this photo Jan. 19, 2013 file photo, Olympic skater, Michelle Kwan and Coast Guard Lt. Clay Pell leave the First Unitarian Ch...

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 Olympi...

FILE - In this photo Jan. 19, 2013 file photo, Olympic skater, Michelle Kwan and Coast Guard Lt. Clay Pell leave the First Unitarian Ch...

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

Pell said in a statement Wednesday that it's with "deep regret" that the couple's 4-year marriage is coming to an end.

They 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. He is asking for privacy.

Pell is the grandson of Rhode Island's late Democratic U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell. He ran unsuccessfully for Rhode Island governor in 2014. Kwan won Olympic medals in 1998 and 2002.

Both were active supporters of Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign last year, and Pell was a member of the Electoral College.

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