Michelle Kwan

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Michelle Kwan

Born

7/7/1980, Torrance, CA

Birth Name

Michelle Wing Kwan

Gender

Female
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Biography

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Michelle is the youngest of three children to Danny and Estella Kwan. She has an older brother Ron, and an older sister Karen, who also used to figure skate. Michelle is the most decorated figure skater of all time. She has won 9 U.S. National Championships, and has…more

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  • Trivia

    • In February 2006, Michelle was named a celebrity representative for The Walt Disney Company.

    • Michelle has had numerous endorsement contracts and has appeared in television commercials for sponsors including Campbell's Soup, VISA, Coca-Cola, and Kraft.

    • In 2005, Michelle's family opened the EastWest Ice Palace in Artesia, California, which houses many of her skating medals and memorabilia.

    • Michelle dined with U.S. President George W. Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao during President Hu's 2006 visit to the United States

    • Michelle is the most decorated figure skater in history.

    • Michelle was named the United States Olympic Committee's Sportswoman of the Year in 2003.

    • Michelle was the recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award in 2001. The award is given to America's best amateur athlete.

    • Michelle could not participate in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games due to a leg injury

    • Michelle began figure skating when she was five years old.

    • Hallmark made a snowglobe with a figurine of Michelle in it.

    • Michelle left her hand and skate impressions in a cement block which will be in Walt Disney World.

    • Michelle's sister Karen graduated from Brown University and interned with Vera Wang.

    • Gold Medal: 1994 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
      Silver Medal, 1994 US National Figure Skating Championships.
      Silver Medal, 1995 US National Figure Skating Championships.
      Gold Medal: 1996 US National Figure Skating Championships.
      Gold Medal: 1996 World Figure Skating Championships.
      Silver Medal: 1997 US National Figure Skating Championships.
      Silver Medal: 1997 World Figure Skating Championships.
      Gold Medal: 1998 US National Figure Skating Championships.
      Silver Medal: 1998 Winter Olympics
      Gold Medal, 1998 World Figure Skating Championships.
      Gold Medal: 1999 US National Figure Skating Championships.
      Gold Medal: 1999 US National Figure Skating Championships.
      Silver Medal: 1999 World Figure Skating Championships.
      Gold Medal: 2000 US National Figure Skating Championships.
      Gold Medal: 2000 World Figure Skating Championships.
      Gold Medal: 2001 US National Figure Skating Championships.
      Gold Medal: 2001 World Figure Skating Championships.
      Bronze Medal: 2002 Winter Olympics
      Gold Medal: 2002 US National Figure Skating Championships
      Gold Medal: 2003 World Championships
      Gold Medal: 2003 US National Figure Skating Championships
      Gold Medal: 2004 US National Figure Skating Championships
      Gold Medal: 2005 US National Figure Skating Championships

    • Michelle is a spokesperson for Children's Miracle Network.

    • Michelle suffers from claustrophobia.

    • Michelle's Chinese name is Kwan Wing Shan.

    • Michelle's book is titled The Winning Attitude: What It Takes to be a Champion.

    • Michelle's sister, Karen, used to figure skate.

    • Michelle was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World 2000.

    • Michelle has a dog, Ginseng, a teacup Malti-Poo.

    • Michelle's nickname is Shelly.

    • Michelle and fellow figure skater Brian Boitano appeared as announcers in the film Ice Princess.

    • In 1999, Michelle appeared in the "Michelle Kwan Figure Skating" computer game.

    • Michelle always wears a good luck necklace that her grandmother gave her.

    • Michelle is a brunette.

  • Quotes

    • Michelle: Skating takes up seventy percent of my time, school about twenty-five percent. Having fun and talking to my friends, five percent. It's hard. I envy other kids for a lot of things, but I get a guilt trip when I'm not training.

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