- When the State Department issues a press release announcing Flatt as a sports envoy, I will come back and post it in this thread, along with the old State Department announcements re Kwan and Lysacek.
- Meanwhile, I assume that Flatt's role will be in addition to -- not instead of -- her studies at Stanford. I doubt very much that the envoy position will be a full-time job. I have no expectation that it will interfere with her long-planned medical career.
- I envision that as Lysacek has done, she will make one or more trips to foreign countries to interact with international youth as an official representative of the U.S. I bet that they will be excited to meet one of America's best and brightest.
- Through her ACCOMPLISHMENTS, Flatt EARNED whatever "fame" she has. She is an Olympian and a former national champion, a future physician, and a lovely young lady on the inside and the outside. As an American, I too would be honored to meet her.
- I should have been more precise regarding Kwan in my original post. Lysacek and other sports envoys (who are known primarily for their own accomplishments as athletes) have slightly different official titles than what Kwan's was. She technically was named a "public diplomacy envoy," IIRC -- but with a clear emphasis on sports diplomacy. And IIRC, Kwan became an envoy before completing her studies -- so her demonstrated interest in international relations would not have hurt, but her academic credentials to date were hardly the sole basis for the State Department's original interest in her. Kwan's skating background was very much a reason for her appointment as envoy. I'm sure that Kwan herself would say the same.
Thanks to the mods for changing the title of this thread.
I am sad that the only comment about the State Department news has been one of skepticism.
With "friends" like us, apparently skaters do not need enemies.