andDorothy Hamill, the 1976 Olympic gold medalist, marvels at her longevity.
"It's very, very hard to stay at that level, and the fact that Michelle Kwan has participated in as many Olympics as she has - two and most likely a third - she deserves more credit than she gets," Hamill said. "I don't think people realize and appreciate how hard it is."
Hamill said Kwan's record, even without Olympic gold, speaks for itself within the skating world, but "in the eyes of the world, it's very important. Little kids today, who have no idea I won a gold medal, their mom or dad or uncle will introduce me as a famous figure skater and they'll look at me and say, 'Did you win a gold medal?' and it's almost like that's what kids have been told that's what makes you pretty good.
"But for the real fans, they know that Michelle Kwan has done more than any figure skater."