I have been thinking lately about Michelle Kwan and I have come to the conclusion that she is the world's most modest athlete.
-Michelle is probably the greatest living athlete. No one has dominated a sport for such a long period of time as Michelle Kwan. Other great names come to mind such as Mark Spitz (swimming) and Michael Jordan (basketball), but both are currently retired.
-No other veteran athlete has been able to fight off so many young foes. Michael Jordan in his latest days did not stand a chance against younger players and other people's bodies have just deteriorated and are no longer in good shape--not Michelle Kwan.
-Can you think of any other athlete as decorated by their fans and groups as Michelle? She outshines all other Figure Skaters.
-No athlete balanced academic excellence with dominance in their sport so masterfully.
-She knows all of this.
Now consider this,
-We have never heard a cocky Michelle Kwan
-Michelle does not have an official website!
-Michelle is always understated in her interviews and thinks she can learn from just about everything and everyone.
-Figure skating is the most watched Olympic sport in the world. Michelle is a household name and yet do we ever see her in commercials or on TV other than for skating? Rarely! Michelle Kwan clothing line? No. Michelle Kwan makeup? No. Michelle Kwan accessories? No. Sasha Cohen, the number three seed in the USA is on TV constantly with adds like her Citizen watch EcoDrive and in magazines like Seventeen. Michelle is so modest and keeps such a low profile. It's not about money with Michelle, clearly.
We can all learn from Michelle and we are lucky to have her.