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Michelle Kwan

Full name: Michelle Wingshan Kwan (-Pell)
Nickname(s): Shelly
Gender: Female
Height: 5-1.5 (157 cm)
Weight: 108 lbs (49 kg)
Born: July 7, 1980 in Torrance, California, United States
Affiliations: LAFSC, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Figure Skating

Related Olympians: Sister-in-law of Peter Oppegard.

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Michelle Kwan was one of the best figure skaters of the post-school figure era, but one who was unable to win an elusive Olympic gold medal. She first competed at the World Championships in 1994, finishing eighth, after winning the World Juniors that year. Her first big season was 1996, when she won the United States’ and World Championships. She was favored at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, but skated poorly in the free skate and lost out to Tara Lipinski (USA), Kwan earning a silver medal. Michelle Kwan took the rare defeat with magnanimity, and came back later in the year to win the World Championships and Goodwill Games. She was also favored at Salt Lake City in 2002, but again had difficulties in the free skate and finished third, with her teammate, Sarah Hughes, winning the gold medal. Kwan was U.S. champion nine times (1996 and eight consecutive from 1998-2005) and World Champion five times (1996, 1998, 2000-01, and 2003). She was also a seven-time champion at Skate America (1996-98, 2000-03) and won Skate Canada three times (1996, 1998, 2000), and won Trophee Lalique in 1997. She skated in ice shows intermittently during her career but made most of her professional earnings from endorsements, of which she had many because of her popularity.

Kwan entered Tufts Fletcher School of Law and International Diplomacy in 2009, earning a graduate degree in international relations in 2011. In 2006 she had been made a US public diplomacy ambassador by US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. In 2011 she was named an adviser to the US-China Women's Leadership Exchange and Dialogue (Women-LEAD), while in 2012 she was a US State Department's senior adviser for public diplomacy and public affairs. In early 2013 Michelle Kwan married Claiborne Pell IV, from a long-time Rhode Island political family, who was at the time a Coast Guard lieutenant. He was appointed US Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of International and Foreign Language Education within the United States Department of Education, and was considering a run for Rhode Island governor.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating Women's Singles United States USA 2 Silver
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating Women's Singles United States USA 3 Bronze

Women's Singles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank TFP CFFP FSFP P MP TOOM TO TP O RE P AI TM CP TPIF TOOM/TO
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Final Standings 2 2.5 0.5 2.0
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Short Program 1 Q 1.0 8×1+ 8.0 10.0 104.8
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Short Program Judge #1 1 11.7 1.0 5.8 5.9
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Short Program Judge #2 1 11.6 1.0 5.7 5.9
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Short Program Judge #3 1 11.7 1.0 5.8 5.9
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Short Program Judge #4 1 11.6 1.0 5.7 5.9
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Short Program Judge #5 1 11.7 1.0 5.8 5.9
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Short Program Judge #6 1 11.7 1.0 5.8 5.9
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Short Program Judge #7 1 11.7 1.0 5.8 5.9
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Short Program Judge #8 1 11.6 1.0 5.7 5.9
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Short Program Judge #9 2 11.5 2.0 5.6 5.9
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Free Skating 2 2.0 9×2+ 15.0 15.0 104.8
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #1 2 11.6 2.0 5.7 5.9
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #2 2 11.6 2.0 5.7 5.9
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #3 2 11.7 2.0 5.8 5.9
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #4 1 11.6 1.0 5.7 5.9
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #5 1 11.7 1.0 5.8 5.9
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #6 2 11.7 2.0 5.8 5.9
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #7 2 11.6 2.0 5.7 5.9
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #8 1 11.6 1.0 5.7 5.9
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #9 2 11.7 2.0 5.8 5.9
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Final Standings 3 3.5 0.5 3.0
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Short Program 1 Q 1.0 5×1+ 104.4 52 460 5/13
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Short Program Judge #1 1 11.7 1.0 5.8 5.9
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Short Program Judge #2 2 11.6 2.0 5.7 5.9
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Short Program Judge #3 1 11.8 1.0 5.9 5.9
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Short Program Judge #4 1 11.6 1.0 5.7 5.9
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Short Program Judge #5 1 11.4 1.0 5.5 5.9
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Short Program Judge #6 2 11.6 2.0 5.7 5.9
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Short Program Judge #7 2 11.6 2.0 5.7 5.9
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Short Program Judge #8 2 11.6 2.0 5.7 5.9
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Short Program Judge #9 1 11.5 1.0 5.6 5.9
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Free Skating 3 3.0 5×2+ 103.2 40 370 10/22
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #1 2 11.3 2.0 5.6 5.7
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #2 3 11.5 3.0 5.7 5.8
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #3 2 11.7 2.0 5.8 5.9
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #4 2 11.5 2.0 5.7 5.8
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #5 2 11.4 2.0 5.6 5.8
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #6 3 11.5 3.0 5.6 5.9
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #7 3 11.4 3.0 5.6 5.8
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #8 2 11.5 2.0 5.7 5.8
2002 Winter 21 Salt Lake City Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #9 3 11.4 3.0 5.6 5.8
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