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    Michelle Kwan

    Michelle Wingshan Kwan (Cantonese: 關穎珊) is a former U.S. Ladies' figure skater. She was born on 7 July 1980, in Torrance, California, USA. Her parents are immigrants from Hong Kong and she has two elder siblings (brother Ron and sister Karen, who was also a figure skater and currently dedicates to choreographing).

    She is a two-time Olympic medalist (silver in Nagano 1998 and bronze in Salt Lake City 2002), a five-time World champion (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003) and a nine-time U.S. champion (1996 and 1998–2005). She is tied with Maribel Vinson for the all-time National Championship record and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.

    Michelle is considered one of the greatest figure skaters of all time.

    In 2011 she graduated from Tufts University (she studied international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy). Since 2006 she has been involved in several ambassadorship and political initiatives. She was the face of numerous endorsement contracts and appeared in several TV shows.

    In January 2013 she married Clay Pell. However, in March 2017 both partners filed for divorce.

    Last updated on 5 June 2019 by Mohacz


    Biographical information
    Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Kwan
    ISU Bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00000561.htm

    Social media
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michellewkwan/
    Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/michellewkwan

    Programs and Videos

    2005/2006
    SP: "Totentanz" by Franz Liszt arranged by Maksim Mrvica; choreo. by Tatiana Tarasova
    FS: "Prelude in C Sharp Minor Op. 18" by Sergei Rachmaninoff; choreo. by Tatiana Tarasova
    Ex: "A Song for You" by Natalie Cole

    2004/2005
    SP: "Adagio from Spartacus" by Aram Khachaturian; choreo. by Nikolai Morozov
    FS: "Boléro" by Maurice Ravel; choreo. by Christopher Dean
    Ex1: "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban
    Ex2: "This Used To Be My Playground" by Madonna

    2005 World Championships2005 U.S. National Championships
    2003/2004
    SP: "The Feeling Begins" (from "The Last Temptation of Christ") by Peter Gabriel; choreo. by Scott Williams, Michelle Kwan, Karen Kwan and Nikolai Morozov
    FS: "Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini; choreo. by Nikolai Morozov
    Ex: "Fallin'" by Alicia Keys

    2004 World Championships2004 U.S. National Championships
    2002/2003
    SP: "The Feeling Begins" (from "The Last Temptation of Christ") by Peter Gabriel; choreo. by Scott Williams, Michelle Kwan, Karen Kwan and Nikolai Morozov
    FS: "Concierto de Aranjuez" by Joaquín Rodrigo performed by Ikuko Kawai; choreo. by Scott Williams, Michelle Kwan,Karen Kwan, and Nikolai Morozov
    Ex: "Fields of Gold" by Eva Cassidy

    2003 World Championships2003 U.S. National Championships2002 GP Skate America
    2001/2002
    SP1: "Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor" by Sergei Rachmaninoff
    SP2: "East of Eden" by Lee Holdridge; choreo. by Lori Nichol / "Piano Trio No. 2" by Sergei Rachmaninoff; choreo. by Lori Nichol
    FS1: "Scheherazade" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov performed by New York Philharmonic; choreo. by Sarah Kawahara
    FS2: "A csodálatos mandarin" ("The Miraculous Mandarin") by Béla Bartók; choreo. by Peter Oppegard
    Ex: "Fields of Gold" by Eva Cassidy

    2002 World ChampionshipsXVIII Winter Olympic Games Salt Lake City 20022002 U.S. National Championships2001/02 GP Final Kitchener, CAN
    Round 1: no video found
    Round 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrCReLTx4ZA ("Song of the Black Swan" by Villa Lobos)
    Round 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltacwrEWr_c ("Scheherazade")
    2001 GP Skate Canada International2001 GP Skate America
    2000/2001
    SP1: "East of Eden" by Lee Holdridge; choreo. by Lori Nichol
    SP2: "Rush" by Eric Clapton; choreo. by Christopher Dean
    FS: "O canto do cisne negro" ("Song of the Black Swan") by Héitor Villa-Lobos / "Dumky Trio" by Antonín Dvořák; choreo. by Lori Nichol
    Ex1: "Beautiful World" by Sumi Jo
    Ex2: "This Time Around" by Linda Eder

    2001 Goodwill Games2001 World Championships2001 U.S. National Championships2000/01 GP Final Tokyo, JPN2000 GP Skate Canada International2000 GP Skate America
    1999/2000
    SP: "A Day In The Life" by John Lennon, Paul McCartney performed by Jeff Beck; choreo. by Lori Nichol
    FS: "The Red Violin" by John Corigliano performed by Joshua Bell; choreo. by Lori Nichol
    Ex1: "The World Is Not Enough" by Garbage
    Ex2: "Hands" (from "Joy: A Holiday Collection") by Jewel

    2000 World Championships2000 U.S. National Championships1999/00 GP Final Lyon, FRA1999 GP Skate Canada International1999 GP Skate America
    1998/1999
    SP: "Carmen Suite" by Rodion Shchedrin / "Carmen Fantasie" by Franz Waxman / "Carmen" (1983 film) by Paco de Lucia; choreo. by Lori Nichol
    FS: "Ariane" / "Orchestral Suite No. 3" / "Orchestral Suite No. 6" by Jules Massenet // "Absalom's Death And Tango" by Leonid Desyatnikov performed by Gidon Kremer; choreo. by Lori Nichol
    Ex: "Kissing You" by Des'ree

    1999 World Championships1999 U.S. National Championships
    1997/1998
    SP: "Piano Concerto No. 3" / "Piano Trio No. 2" by Sergei Rachmaninoff; choreo. by Lori Nichol
    FS: "Lyra Angelica" by William Alwyn / "Gymnopedie #3" by Erik Satie; choreo. by Lori Nichol
    Ex1: "On My Own" (from "Les Misérables") performed by Kaho Shimada
    Ex2: "Dante's Prayer" by Loreena McKennitt

    1998 Goodwill Games1998 World ChampionshipsXVIII Winter Olympic Games Nagano 19981998 U.S. National Championships1997 GP Skate Canada International1997 GP Skate America
    1996/1997
    SP: "Dream of Desdemona": "Orchestral Suite No. 3" by Jules Massenet / "Final from Herodiade" by Jules Massenet / "The Red Poppy" by Reinhold Gliere; choreo. by Lori Nichol
    FS: "Gyulistan Bayati Shiraz" by Fikret Amirov / "Lion of the Desert" by Maurice Jarre; choreo. by Lori Nichol
    Ex: "Winter" by Tori Amos; choreo. by Michelle Kwan

    1997 World Championships1997 U.S. National Championships1996/97 Champions Series (current GP) Final Hamilton, CAN1996 GP Trophée Lalique1996 GP Skate America
    1995/1996
    SP: "Romanza" by Salvador Bacarisse / "Fiesta Flamenca" by Monty Kelly; choreo. by Lori Nichol
    FS: "Salome" by Miklós Rózsa / "Dance of the Seven Veils" by Richard Strauss; choreo. by Lori Nichol
    Ex1: "East of Eden" by Lee Holdridge
    Ex2: "Just Around the Riverbend" (from "Pocahontas") by Judy Kuhn

    1996 World Championships1996 U.S. National Championships1995/96 Champions Series (current GP) Final Paris, FRA1995 GP Nations (Sparkassen) Cup1995 GP Skate Canada International1995 GP Skate America
    1994/1995
    SP: "Yellow River Piano Concerto" by Xian Xinghai performed by Yin Chengzong, Chu Wanghua
    FS: "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" by Camille Saint-Saëns
    Ex1: "Fantasia on Greensleeves" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Ex2: "East of Eden" by Lee Holdridge

    1995 World Championships1995 U.S. National Championships1994 Trophée de France1994 Skate America
    1993/1994
    SP: "Song of India" (from "Sadko") by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    FS: "East of Eden" (1981 TV miniseries) by Lee Holdridge

    1994 Goodwill Games1994 World Championships1994 U.S. National Championships1994 World Junior Championships1993 U.S. Olympic Festival1993 Skate America
    1992/1993
    SP:
    FS: "Miss Saigon" by Claude-Michel Schönberg
    1993 U.S. National Championships
    1991/1992
    SP:
    FS: "Concerto in F" by George Gershwin

    1992 U.S. Junior National Championships
    Competitive History

    Competition SP LP/FS FR
    2005/2006
    XIX Winter Olympic Games Torino 2006 WD
    2004/2005
    2005 World Championships 3 3 4
    2005 U.S. National Championships 1 1 1
    2003/2004
    2004 World Championships 4 2 3
    2004 U.S. National Championships 2 1 1
    2002/2003
    2003 World Championships 1 1 1
    2003 U.S. National Championships 1 1 1
    2002 GP Skate America 1 1 1
    2001/2002
    2002 World Championships 3 2 2
    XVIII Winter Olympic Games Salt Lake City 2002 1 3 3
    2002 U.S. National Championships 1 1 1
    2001/02 GP Final Kitchener, CAN 3 LP1: 2
    LP2: 2
    2
    2001 GP Skate Canada International 2 3 3
    2001 GP Skate America 1 1 1
    2001 Goodwill Games 2 2 2
    2000/2001
    2001 World Championships 2 1 1
    2001 U.S. National Championships 1 1 1
    2000/01 GP Final Tokyo, JPN 2 LP: 2
    SF: 2
    2
    2000 GP Skate Canada International 2 2 2
    2000 GP Skate America 1 1 1
    1999/2000
    2000 World Championships 3 1 1
    2000 U.S. National Championships 3 1 1
    1999/00 GP Final Lyon, FRA 1 FS1: 1
    FS2: 2
    2
    1999 GP Skate Canada International 1 1 1
    1999 GP Skate America 1 1 1
    1998/1999
    1999 World Championships 4 2 2
    1999 U.S. National Championships 1 1 1
    1997/1998
    1998 Goodwill Games 1 1 1
    1998 World Championships 1 1 1
    XVIII Winter Olympic Games Nagano 1998 1 2 2
    1998 U.S. National Championships 1 1 1
    1997 GP Skate Canada International 1 1 1
    1997 GP Skate America 1 1 1
    1996/1997
    1997 World Championships 4 1 2
    1997 U.S. National Championships 1 3 2
    1996/97 Champions Series (current GP) Final Hamilton, CAN 3 2 2
    1996 GP Trophée Lalique 1 1 1
    1996 GP Skate America 1 1 1
    1995/1996
    1996 World Championships 1 1 1
    1996 U.S. National Championships 1 1 1
    1995/96 Champions Series (current GP) Final Paris, FRA 4 1 1
    1995 GP Nations (Sparkassen) Cup 1 1 1
    1995 GP Skate Canada International 1 1 1
    1995 GP Skate America 3 1 1
    1994/1995
    1995 World Championships 5 3 4
    1995 U.S. National Championships 3 2 2
    1994 Trophée de France 4 3 3
    1994 Skate America

    2
    1993/1994
    1994 Goodwill Games 6 1 2
    XVII Winter Olympic Games Lillehammer 1994 Alternate
    1994 World Championships 11 8 8
    1994 U.S. National Championships 3 2 2
    1994 World Junior Championships

    1
    1993 Skate America

    7
    1992/1993
    1993 Gardena Junior Trophy

    1
    1993 U.S. National Championships 6 6 6
    1991/1992
    1992 U.S. Junior National Championships 5 9 1


    Exhibitions and Shows
    2010 All That Skate - with Yuna Kim ("Hero") - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7POGxxrSEA
    No One 2010 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXtBA6EfjkA
    2009 Ice All Stars - "Carmina Burana" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYcF9eVI3bk
    2000 Champions on Ice - "The World Is Not Enough" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bOHwMuoWKI
    1999 - Michelle Kwan Skates to Disney's Greatest Hits - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl2JeyS03-k
    1998 Champions on Ice - "Dante's Prayer" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edlTytIoFEk
    1996 Champions on Ice - "Pocahontas" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szH376YVtjA

    Pro-am and Professional competitions
    2004 Campbell's International Figure Skating Classic - "Bolero" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdM6yxjYli0
    2001 Masters of Figure Skating - "East of Eden" SP -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_8lRha-FoQ
    2000 The Masters of Figure Skating - "Beautiful World" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UypDeH1xShQ
    2000 The Masters of Figure Skating SP - "Rush" choreographed by Christopher Dean - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xZ9T7WSQuk
    2000 Keri Lotion Classic - "Beautiful World" -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QgDN98ZakU
    1999 USA vs. The World Figure Skating Challenge - "Hands" by Jewel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QTh84DbWCo
    1999 Hersheys Kisses Figure Skating Challenge - "One More Time" from "Message in a Bottle" -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FehcN5tiuo
    1999 Masters of Figure Skating - "Kissing You" FS - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxpf4UO-Pcc
    1998 World Pro - "Lamento d'Ariane" LP - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0bggmmcVTs
    1998 World ProAm - "East of Eden" TP - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcYTdxyoehk
    1998 Ultimate Four - "Dante's Prayer" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZnp3fTlVwY
    1998 Keri Classic - "Carmen" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDbg45qnjD8
    1997 Nice 'n Easy Figure Skating Classic - "Les Miserables" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYPbUn-gRkU
    1996 Ultimate Four - "Dreams of Desdemona" SP - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEklWrSU8VQ
    1995 Champions on Ice - "Peter Pan" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ol3LFA1sjSw

    Articles, Interviews and Other Media
    3 April 2019 - "Michelle Kwan, Figure Skater, Olympian, and Diplomat" by YaleUniversity - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dCTvKk0KN4
    6 January 2019 - "Michelle Kwan chats on the Gold Meets Golden Red Carpet" by BadCulture TV - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8QfnE7mErc
    19 February 2018 - "Figure Skater Michelle Kwan On Struggling To Find A New "Identity" After Olympics" by People TV - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWSzf3ev3xY
    6 January 2016 - "Michelle Kwan: TSL's Interview with the 9-Time U.S. Figure Skating Champion" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDt2HO4kHR8
    24 July 2015 - "Michelle Kwan gives back" by CGTN America - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjNYjM82GaA
    12 July 2014 - "Michelle Kwan - My DiverseStory" by DiverseStory Project - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpspu76lKYE
    February 2014 - "Michelle Kwan - Figure Skating Documentary" by Athlete Sport - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1vIwFhNhPM
    2013 - Michelle Kwan Documentary Part 4 by ESPN - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFu-LKZRld4
    2013 - Michelle Kwan Documentary Part 2 by ESPN - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TafkO9feYTQ
    8 July 2011 - "My Wish: Michelle Kwan Skates with Danielle" by Make-A-Wish America - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoW4oXaAT3o
    2004 Michelle Kwan's Biography Part 4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI1kuphSLJk
    1998 - Michelle Kwan on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OYNygJE9KM
    1996 - Michelle Kwan on Late Show with David Letterman - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8bpsxJfMQs
    1996 - Interview with Michelle Kwan at Skate Canada international - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHmkmRmoT3w

    Original post by Christinaskater
    Finally a thread for arguably the best skater of all-time, Michelle Kwan!
    Last edited by Mohacz; 06-06-2019 at 10:23 AM. Reason: Post-retirement career tribute update

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    Welcome Michelle!

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    One of the greatest ever!

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    Michelle Kwan: 5 tips for staying fit and healthy
    Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY 9 a.m. EDT July 14, 2013
    The former figure skater shares her secrets for reducing stress, sleeping better, exercising and eating right in the new magazine USA TODAY 'The Best Ways to Stress Less, Sleep Better.'
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...gazine/2434507

    Excerpt: "I still skate sometimes but not often, sadly only every few months."

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    She's one of my all time favourite female skaters, I love her passion, her artistry and her sense of style and grace both on the ice and off it.

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    20 minute lesson with the Kween today #blessed #RoadToSochi
    3:38 PM - 1 Aug 13
    https://twitter.com/Grant_Hochstein/...66249254674433

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    Yay! A thread for Michelle. Her skating still moves me.

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    Here is an interesting MK mention. Two Michigan State University kinesiology professors serve on the Science Board of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

    The panel makes sure public programs and messages delivered by Drew Brees, Michelle Kwan and other celebrity athletes on the council— “the face people,” Pivarnik calls them—are backed by sound science.
    http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2013/kn....7RGQ6z8m.dpuf

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    Here is Michelle, representing the State Department, welcoming teachers from around the world who are participating in an exchange program sponsored by the Teachers of Critical Languages Council. (Thanks to poster "teach" on the MK Forum.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNhc4...ature=youtu.be

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    Last edited by Mathman; 08-02-2013 at 08:41 PM.

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    Thanks so much, Math!

    She seems to be growing more confident and authoritative as a speaker.

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    In the photo at the link below, MK looks as youthful as the skaters whom she inspires.

    Tom Zakrajsek
    Legendary day: Stopped by the East West Ice Palace for a special training session during the Glacier Falls competition. Michelle Kwan took time to speak with us and take pics. Amazing experience for Brandon Mroz, Anastasia Kortjohn and Luke West. Can't say enough nice things about the Kwan family!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    She seems to be growing more confident and authoritative as a speaker.
    I was thinking the same thing. When Michelle first started out representing the U.S. State Department she was like, ME?. She has grown into the job.

    I like the message of this short speech. Michelle says that when she travels abroad to speak to young people, she might be the first American those particular kids have ever met. She might be responsible for giving someone a different view of Americans than what they see in newspaper headlines.

    Similarly, these exchange teachers from Egypt and China. Some students and their parents in Wisconsin will be able to say. Egypt? Sure, my teacher was an Egyptian.

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    The Kwan family "owns" the East/West rink? Is that correct?

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    yes
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/east-west-ice-palace-artesia

    Her dad is very involved in it, too.

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    ^ Off topic, but I have wondered what stake (if any) the naming sponsor, the East-West Bank, retains in the Kwan's rink.

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    It says something. I'm not sure if it is entirely good (about the state of the sport) , that Michele can still command so much attention.

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    Michelle and Kristi at the Media Summit.

    http://www.canyonsresort.com/sites/d..._shot/USOC.jpg

    Michelle interviews Davis and White.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BVk4tCNCQAAMkXz.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celine View Post
    It says something. I'm not sure if it is entirely good (about the state of the sport) , that Michele can still command so much attention.
    Definitely a mixed blessing. Same goes for the fact that so many of the corporate sponsors are going with the Evans and Kristi's, over the up and comers. No disrespect to them but the reliance on the known and the decrease in "risk taking" on hopefuls, while completely understandable from a corporate risk standpoint, is still not a positive as you say, for the sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celine View Post
    It says something. I'm not sure if it is entirely good (about the state of the sport) , that Michele can still command so much attention.
    After re-watching her '98 programs this past weekend, it's not hard to see why. She remains the gold standard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miki88 View Post
    After re-watching her '98 programs this past weekend, it's not hard to see why. She remains the gold standard.
    I think it's a good thing that people remember great skaters long past their tenure. It's not something that happens INSTEAD OF admiring current skaters. After all, when Michelle was skating, people still revered Dorothy Hamill and Kristi Yamaguchi. No, the fact that today's skaters aren't widely known outside of skating fandom in the U.S. is an entirely separate phenomenon. I don't know what we can do to ameliorate the situation, but we skating fans stand ready to help!

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