Michelle is nominated for the 2003 Kids Choice Awards in the Favorite Female Athlete category. Michelle won this award in 2002, and was also nominated in 2001. The other athletes up for this award are Venus Williams, Serena Williams, and Mia Hamm. Serena Williams ended up winning the award.


Michelle is the USOC female Athlete of the Month for January 2003! She has won this award 11 times, the most ever by any athlete, male or female! She has also won the award in January, March, and November 1996, October 1997, January, April, and August 1998, April 2000, March 2001, and January 2002. Read more about it in the following articles:


Michelle is one of the country's Favorite Sports Stars! According to a Harris Poll which asked "Who is your favorite sports star?" Michelle was ranked #8! The poll was conducted on January 21 and 27, 2003. The last time the poll was taken in 1999, there were no women in the top 10. This time, there were 2 women (Michelle and Serena Williams.) Number 1 was Michael Jordan.
 Michelle is nominated for favorite female athlete in the 2002 Teen Choice awards, which are presented by Seventeen Magazine. Fans were able to vote online for the award. You had to be between the ages of 13 and 19 to vote. The awards will air on August 19 on FOX. Others nominated for favorite female athlete are Sasha Cohen, Sarah Hughes, Jennifer Capriati, Kelly Clark, Mia Hamm, Venus Williams, and Sue Bird.

Michelle won 2002 Teen Choice awards! The awards took place on Sunday, August 4 in LA and will broadcast on August 19 on FOX.

Michelle wore a bikini and sarong to the awards. An article from hollywood.com wrote the following:

In keeping with the event's beachy theme, Olympic ice skater and Choice Female Athlete award winner Michelle Kwan traded her frilly skirts for a teeny bikini and wrap skirt, but admitted she may have taken the sun-and-fun concept a bit further than the other attendees. "No one else was wearing beachwear, and I was in the car saying, 'I'm not getting out...I'm wearing a bathing suit,'" she said. Kwan said she was enjoying meeting the artists who are mainstays on her CD player. "I just saw Usher [whom] I was listening to before I competed, so I had to give him a hug," she said. The skater also suggested that she might be willing to give acting a go someday. "There's so many options--why not? Why not try it?" But knowing that Hollywood can be slipperier than any skating rink, she plans to proceed with caution. "You have to choose wisely. You don't want to make a fool out of yourself."

Check out the following pictures and articles from the awards:

Hope you caught Michelle on the Teen Choice Awards broadcast! Her category was awarded in the first half hour of the show. When they announced the nominees, they showed this picture of Michelle. When her name was announced, she hugged the girl sitting next to her (I think she was a fan...an incredibly lucky girl, LOL!), and walked onto the stage, slapping hands with the fans near the stage on the way. Here is Michelle's acceptance speech:

Thank you! This is awesome! This is the first time I've been able to wear a bathing suit, I've been in the ice rink for the past 4 months. This is so awesome. Thank you Seventeen. Thank you for everybody who voted!

She was shown a total of 5 times. Along with when she won the award, she was also shown arriving (during the part where they announce who will appear on the show), sitting in her seat early in the show (she waved and winked towards the camera), sitting in her seat later in the show (I missed this one, apparently she was shown talking to the girl next to her), and backstage after getting her award. When she was shown backstage, she said, "This is awesome, you know, to be in this kind of atmosphere. The energy...I wanted to get up and dance and boogie." She then was dancing around.

If you missed it, check out Moyesii's real video clip of Michelle accepting her award and later backstage. The clip is about 4MB and is hosted on Cruella De Kwan's site. (Thanks Moyesii and Cruella De Kwan!)


Michelle will be part of a new exhibit at the World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame, titled "Passion to Skate," which honors Michelle and Dick Button, the only figure skaters to win the Sullivan Award. Both skaters will unveil the exhibit in a private ceremony on Saturday, July 6, at the museum in Colorado Springs. The exhibit will open to the public on Monday, July 8.

The exhibit features three wall-sized panels showcasing the achievements of each skater and the history of the Sullivan Award. The central wall depicts life-sized, three-dimensional cutouts of each skater in signature moves. Michelle's, of course, is the inside spiral. The cutouts are presented against scenic backdrops. The center panel of this wall details the history of the Sullivan Award and the criteria for selection. Two sidewalls are dedicated to panels about each of the skaters, using childhood and competitive photographs, quotations, biographical information and their record of accomplishments. Michelle has loaned her skating costume from the free skate performance at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Dick Button has loaned his team jacket from the 1948 Olympic Winter Games. Another panel presents photographs of Dick Button receiving the Sullivan award in 1949 and Michelle receiving hers in 2002. There are additional photographs of the two together at the Sullivan Awards Ceremony in April 2002. This panel also describes the criteria for selection as a recipient of the Sullivan Award.

Also, a sculpture by Milon Townsend will be featured in the center of the exhibition, lighted from above. The glass sculpture depicts the duo in their signature moves: Dick Button in the Russian split and Michelle in the inside spiral.

For more information, check out the article World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame to Unveil "Passion to Skate" Exhibit, and the Special Exhibitions section of the museum website.

Check out the pictures from the unveiling from the USFSA's site.


Michelle was named the 2002 Readers' Choice Figure Skater of the Year by the readers of Skating magazine! She is the only multiple winner of this award, winning this year for the 6th time (she also received the award in 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2001.) The award is usually presented at the USFSA's annual Governing Council Meeting, which took place in Minneapolis this year. However, since Michelle was in another city on the Champions on Ice Tour, she was unable to accept the award in person. Check out a picture of her award, made by Crystal Signatures, which looks very different from the past trophys given to the winner. Check out another picture of the trophy. In fact, Michelle is the first recipient of this newly designed Readers' Choice Award, an original three-piece crystal sculpture created by Crystal Signatures of Bethlehem, Pa. Crystal Signatures has designed many well known sculptures including ESPN's annual Espy Award. This is one of the few times Michelle hasn't been able to accept the award in person. Check out these pictures of Michelle accepting the award in previous years: 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2001. Check out the article, Kwan Wins Sixth Readers' Choice Award, in which Michelle is quoted as saying, "My fans are like family to me. The fact that they felt I was deserving of this award makes it very special."

Michelle was finally able to accept the award backstage before the Colorado Springs stop of the Champions on Ice tour on July 6, 2002. Check out a picture of Michelle accepting the award!


Michelle is nominated for the Favorite Female Athlete in the 2002 Nickelodeon's 15th Annual Kids Choice Awards! The nominees are Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Michelle Kwan, and Mia Hamm. You can vote online. The awards are on April 20, 2002.

The Kids Choice awards were broadcast on April 20, and...Michelle won! Congratulations Michelle!! The other nominees were Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and Mia Hamm. More than 19 million kids participated in the voting on Nickelodeon Online or by calling a toll-free number during Nickelodeon programming. Voting began March 25 and continued online through April 20, the day of the awards ceremony. Check out the full list of winners from the Kids Choice Awards.

Michelle's category wasn't mentioned during the broadcast of the awards (she obviously couldn't be there to accept the award since she was in Boston, skating on tour.) kwantrrific wrote the following on the MK Forum, about how the winner of the category was announced: (Thanks kwantrrific!)

Although it was not broadcast during the actual show, they had a pre show where they interviewed the stars coming in. The stars then helped announce the winners of some of the catagories. It was kind of cute when they did Michelle's. The interviewer said "and the winner is..." and then he hit this kid in the face with a cream pie and Michelle's name was on the bottom of the pie pan! Way to go Michelle! They may not have done her catagory on air because she couldn't be there in person.
Michelle is the winner of the 2001 James E. Sullivan Award! I wrote earlier about Michelle being one of the final five finalists for the 72nd Annual Sullivan Award. The award was presented to Michelle by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) during a formal awards presentation at the New York Athletic Club on Tuesday evening, April 9. The other finalists were high school runner Alan Webb, swimmer Natalie Coughlin, baseball player Mark Prior and gymnast Sean Townsend. All five finalists attended the ceremony.

Dick Button, the only other figure skater to win the award, was in the audience. Michelle said she was humbled to have won the same award as Dick Button, "I'm already a little teary-eyed. I always wanted to be a legend...It feels like a dream come true." She also said, "It's not so much about the awards or the medals. It's about how they'll remember me." Michelle was also nominated for the award in 1996, but was not one of the five finalists.

The award, given to the top amateur athlete in the United States, is given to the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership, character, sportsmanship and the ideals of amateurism in the year 2001. Both athletic accomplishment and strong moral character are considered. A 700-member panel of Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) board members, U.S. Olympic Committee members, the AAU Sullivan Committee, past winners and select members of the media voted for the winner in late January. Considered the "Oscar" of sports awards, the Sullivan Award has been presented to many prominent athletes in the past.

This was the first year the awards were presented at the New York Athletic Club (NYAC). Louis Stout, the Chair of the AAU Sullivan Committee, said, "The AAU is proud and excited to be honoring five outstanding individuals who have admirably represented themselves, their country, and their communities. To be considered for the AAU Sullivan Award is indeed a tremendous achievement. To be honoring these athletes at the New York Athletic Club, in the spot where the AAU was founded, makes the AAU Sullivan Award for 2001 a unique and fitting experience." Al Green, the president of the NYAC, said, "We are very proud that the AAU James E. Sullivan Award will now be presented at the New York Athletic Club, where the AAU was born. Michelle Kwan is a wonderful person to win it in our first year." The AAU President, Bobby Dodd, said, "In the many years that I have had the privilege of being involved with the AAU, I think that this is one of the most exciting years for this presentation, considering the level of competition that each of these athletes are involved in."

The Sullivan Award has been presented annually by the AAU since 1930 as a salute to the founder and past president of the AAU, and a pioneer in amateur sports, James E. Sullivan. The AAU Sullivan Award recipient receives a replica of the original trophy that depicts the figure of a runner carrying a laurel branch mounted on a black pedestal. Check out a picture of the award! Each of the five finalists receives a medallion depicting the AAU Sullivan Trophy. The AAU James E. Sullivan Memorial Award will be housed permanently in the Hall of Fame of the New York Athletic Club.

Mark Prior, one of the five finalists, said a few minutes after it was announced that Michelle had won, said, "I can't be disappointed at all. With everything Michelle has accomplished, she deserved this."

Wow, what an honor for Michelle!

Check out the following articles and pictures for more information:

Now, a report from someone who was at the Sullivan award reception! Patricia sent me the following in an e-mail: (Thanks Patricia!)

Last night my husband and I met Michelle at the New York Athletic Club where she received the Sullivan Award. We told her we were huge fans of hers and that she had made us very proud in the way she has handled adversity and success. She was very gracious. Later on in the evening we were very pleased to see her accept this prestigious award. In person she comes across as being very humble and grounded -- a wonderful role model for young and old. There is also a certain innocence to her that makes her very endearing. I also met Dick Button with whom I chatted for a little while. He is very charming and engaging. MK's agent was also there but I did not get the chance to speak with him. Overall it was a very special evening.

She was wearing a dark violet/black strappy dress which was form-fitting and looked great on her. The dress came down to around her knee and it had a slit on one side. She was wearing camel colored sandals, her lucky pendant and a black Chanel-like purse (the kind with the chain links). Her hair was down and looked very nice. As I'm sure you know, she is very petite and slim.

The announcement of the winner was a surprise. All 5 finalists were given a medal in recognition for their achievements and each of them spoke briefly. They also showed a short film featuring each one of them. Michelle's portion showed mostly footage from last season (from last year's Song of the Black Swan at Worlds with the bright pink dress including her excited reaction at the end of the program and with the lilac dress she originally wore for Ariane at some event last year which I couldn't tell because her hair was down and long. they also showed some of the clip from the piece for nationals this year where she is sitting in front of a wall w/american flag behind and of her in practice w/black tights and tank. last shot was from Salome when she won her first worlds) and of course mentioned that she is a 4-time world champion and 6-time national champion. After that, they announced the winner and she spoke again briefly. She was truly surprised and honored to be recognized and was a bit teary-eyed. She did mention that this had been a very difficult season for her and that she was honored to follow Dick Button as the second figure skater to ever receive this award.

On a funny note, later on in the evening I found Natalie Coughlin's medal (one of the 5 finalists) in the ladies room and returned it to her coach. At least I got to see one of the medals up close! They each have the athlete's name engraved with their sport, etc.
Also, check out barb's pictures from the Sullivan awards presentation (Thanks barb!):
I posted earlier that Michelle was nominated for the 72nd Annual James E. Sullivan Award. Narrowed from a field of 30 nominees, the 14 first-round finalists were reduced to five athletes on March 12, and Michelle is one of those five finalists! The other finalists are high school runner Alan Webb, swimmer Natalie Coughlin, baseball player Mark Prior and gymnast Sean Townsend. The winner will be announced April 9 in New York. The New York Athletic Club will host the presentation for the first time.

The only other figure skater to win the award is Dick Button in 1949. Michelle was also nominated for the award in 1996, but was not one of the five finalists.

The award, given to the top amateur athlete in the United States, is given to the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership, character, sportsmanship and the ideals of amateurism. Both athletic accomplishment and strong moral character are considered. A 700-member panel of Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) board members, U.S. Olympic Committee members, the AAU Sullivan Committee, past winners and select members of the media vote for the winner.

"These individuals exemplify the best amateur athletes in all of sport with their commitment to sportsmanship, community, and education," said AAU President Bobby Dodd. "The AAU represents 34 sports from the grass roots to the national level, they are the role models for our athletes to follow. It will be hard to announce one recipient on April 9th."

Check out the following articles for more information:


Michelle was the 2001 USOC Female Figure Skating Athlete of the Year. This is the 4th year in a row that she has received this award, and 5th overall ('96, '98, '99, '00, and '01). For more information, check out Names in the Game (scroll down). Because Michelle won this award, she was eligible for the USOC's was runner-up for Sportswoman of the Year. Jennifer Capriati won that award, but according to the article Armstrong Is USOC 2001 Sportsman of Year, Michelle was the was runner-up for the Sportswoman of the Year!
Michelle is nominated for the 72nd Annual James E. Sullivan Award. The award, given to the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States, is based on qualities of leadership, character, sportsmanship and the ideals of amateurism. Both athletic accomplishment and strong moral character are considered by an 800-member panel of Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) board of directors, the U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors, the AAU Sullivan Committee, past Sullivan Award winners, and select members of the sports media.

Narrowed from a field of 30 nominees, the first-round finalists will be reduced to five athletes and their names will be released in mid-March. From the five names, the National winner will be formally recognized in early April.

Michelle was also nominated for the award in 1996. The only figure skater to win the award is Dick Button in 1949.

The other 13 finalists are Tony Azevedo (waterpolo), Natalie Coughlin (swimming), Matt Lindland (wrestling), Stephen Lopez (taekwondo), Ryan Miller (hockey), Toccara Montgomery (wrestling), Brandon Paulson (wrestling), Mark Prior (baseball), Jason Reed (rowing), Sean Townsend (gymnastics), Allen Webb (track and field), Angela Williams (track and field), and Roy Williams (football).

For more information, check out the following articles:


buddhaboi posted on the MK Forum that Michelle finished in the top ten of the 2001 AP female athlete of the year award. Since the only article I can find just lists the top three, here's what buddhaboi wrote on the forum (Thanks buddhaboi!):

Michelle made the top 10 for this year's Associated Press Female Athelete of the Year voted by sports writers and broadcasters. I saw the news release but can't post the link because the site is by subscription only ... But she's the only female figure skater ...

  1. Jennifer Capriati
  2. Venus Williams
  3. Annika Sorenstam
  4. Stacy Dragila
  5. Lisa Leslie
  6. Ruth Riley
  7. Michelle Kwan
  8. Se Ri Pak
  9. Tiffeny Milbrett
  10. Karrie Webb
  11. Jackie Stiles
  12. Nancy Metcalf

Michelle finished 4th in the 2001 Sports Illustrated for Kids Athlete of the Year Poll. She is the only female athlete in the top five. She received 215 first place votes out of 4,681. Barry Bonds finished first with 630 first-place votes. The rest of the top five was Allen Iverson (463), Ichiro Suzuki (301), Michelle Kwan (215) and Sammy Sosa (209). For more information, check out the AP article.
Vote for Michelle as the female United States Sports Academy Athlete of the Year for 2001!
You may have seen during the ABC broadcast of Skate America that Kristi Yamaguchi, as a spokesperson for Smart Ones, gave an award to Michelle. Michelle is the recipient of the "Smart Moves Award." According to Smart Ones, the award "honors the athlete who embodies and best reflects the grace, originality, excellence and dedication, which comprise the essential elements of this exciting sport." The award consists of a $5,000 check to the USFSA Memorial Fund in Michelle's name, plus a special gift from Smart Ones. For more information, check out the press releases from USFSA and Smart Ones site.
Michelle is one of eleven finalists for the Women's Sports Foundation 2001 Sportswoman of the Year Award! She was also up for this award in 2000, and won the award in 1998. Other finalists for the 2001 Sportswoman of the Year Award are bowler Carolyn Dorin Ballard, of the U.S., tennis player Jennifer Capriati, of the U.S., swimmer Inge DeBruijn, of the Netherlands, track and field competitor Stacy Dragila, of the U.S., triathlete Siri Lindley, of the U.S., sailor Ellen MacArthur, of Great Britian, gymnast Andrea Raducan, of Romania, disabled skier Mary Riddell, of the U.S., golfer Annika Sorenstam, of Sweden and Ryoko Tamura of Japan for Judo. The winner will be announced in New York on October 15 at the 22nd Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards dinner. For more information, check out the article Kwan A Finalist For Sportswoman Of The Year. Stacy Dragila ended up winning the award.
Vote for Michelle as the Sports Illustrated for Kids 2001 Athlete of the Year! The winner will be revealed in the January 2002 issue of SI For Kids.
CaraMora posted on the MK Forum that Michelle is nominated for the 2001 Teen Choice Awards. In the July issue of Seventeen magazine is the ballot for the Teen Choice Awards, and Michelle is nominated for best female athlete. You can vote online, though it is not on Seventeen's site yet. (Thanks CaraMora!) Michelle did not end up winning this award, Mia Hamm did.
Michelle has received another award. She was named by the PSA as having the Best Performance at 2001 US Nationals in the Ladies Category for her short program. The award is also called the Edi award. She also received this award in 1998 and 1999. You can read this more about it in a post on Skatefans.
Michelle was named the 2001 Readers' Choice Figure Skater of the Year by the readers of Skating magazine! She is the only multiple winner of this award, winning this year for the 5th time (she also received the award in 1994, 1996, 1998, and 1999.) The award was presented to her at the USFSA's annual Governing Council Meeting, May 12 in Las Vegas. Michelle said, "I always try to reach people with my skating. I'm so honored to receive this award because it tells me I have. That means as much to me as any medals I've won." You can read this article about her award, and then check out these pictures:
Michelle is nominated for Nickelodeon's 14th Annual Kids' Choice Awards! She is up for the Favorite Female Sports Star, along with Mia Hamm, Serena Williams, and Venus Williams. Kids can vote for the awards online at Nick.com, through balloting in Nick Magazine and by calling a toll-free number displayed during programming on Nickelodeon. I don't think that the voting has begun yet, though. The awards are on Saturday, April 21, from 8-9:30 PM. For more information, check out the press release for the awards
Michelle is nominated for the US Sports Academy Female Athlete of the Year! Michelle was named the USSA Athlete of the month in April. I don't know how much the fan voting counts towards the award, but you can vote online for Michelle as the female USSA Athlete of the Year.
Also, on page 4C of USA Today, there is an ad congratulating the USOC athletes of the year. Michelle is the 2000 USOC Female Figure Skating Athlete of the Year! This is the third year in a row that she has received this award, and 4th overall ('96, '98, '99, '00). Because Michelle won this award, she is eligible for the USOC's sportswoman of the year.
Michelle is nominated in the "Winter Sports" category for the second annual World Sports Awards. She is the only American nominated in this category, and one of only 16 American athletes in total to be nominated for the awards. There are 9 other athletes who are nominated in the Winter Sports category with Michelle. Sport journalists from all over the world nominated the athletes. The awards will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Tuesday, January 16th. Voting on the Internet for the awards starts on October 26 on the World Sports Awards site. For more information on the awards, check out the article The 2nd Annual World Sports Awards Announces Nominees for 2001. Also, check out the other Winter Sports nominees.

Voting is now open for the World Sports Awards. Read the Voting Procedure, then click on "Winter Sports," which is the category Michelle is nominated in. You will then see the current results (as I am typing this, Michelle was had almost 65% of the vote.) Then, click on "voting." You first have to register, and then you can vote for Michelle. Your votes count towards this award, so please go and vote! Voting ends November 30.


Michelle has been nominated for the Women's Sports Foundation's 2000 Sportswoman of the Year Award! Michelle won this award in 1998. The other nominees are Lindsay Davenport (tennis), Kristi Overton Johnson (water skiing), Marion Jones (track and field), Gunda Niemann- Stirnemann (speed skating), Marla Runyan (track and field), Hanne Staff (orienteering), Ryoko Tamura (judo), Jenny Thompson (swimming), and Karrie Webb (golf). The winner will be announced at the WSF's 21st Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Dinner on Monday, October 16, 2000. Read more about it in Kwan Leads List of Finalists for Sportswomen of the Year.
skatingfan posted the following on the MK Forum (Thanks skatingfan!)

Just read from rssif that in the July/august 2000 of the official magazine for PSA, there are several pictures of the statue Ascension. You may recall that in 6/00 during the annual convention of the professional skating association they unveiled the Mk, Frank and 9 coaches statue. Unfortunately I guess they can not post pictures in rssif. The poster provided an email and phone # of PSA, maybe we can email them and purchase a copy of that magazine.

office@skatepsa.com
507-281-5122


I haven't received my July/August issue of International Figure Skating magazine yet, but Michelle was once again named to the 25 Most Influential Names in Figure Skating list for the 1999-2000 season. This is the 4th year she has been on this list. Read more about it in IFS's press release.
Michelle is the USOC female Athlete of the Month for April 2000! She has won this award 8 times, the most ever by any athlete, male or female! She has also won the award in January, March, and November 1996, October 1997, January, April, and August 1998. Read more about it in the following articles:


Vote for Michelle in the Teen Choice Awards! Just go to Seventeen.com, and click on the link to vote. Michelle is up for best female athlete, and her category is towards the bottom of the ballot (so I've heard...I can't seem to vote for some reason.) (Thanks Jamie!)
Just wanted to remind you about the 2000 Readers' Choice Eligible Figure Skater of the Year Award, given out by Skating magazine. Michelle has won 4 times, the only skater to win more than once in the 11 times the award has been given out. To vote, just send an e-mail with your name and "I nominate (skater you are nominating) for the Readers' Choice Award." to usfsa1@aol.com. Deadline is April 10, and it's one entry per person.
I wrote earlier about Michelle being the 1999 USOC Female Figure Skating Athlete of the Year, and how that would qualify her for the USOC's sportswoman of the year award. Well, I saw an article the other day that listed the final nominations for the USOC's sportswoman of the year, and Michelle wasn't one of the final three. :-( The finalists are Michelle Akers (soccer), Jenny Thompson (swimming), and Serena Williams (tennis). You can read more about it in USOC's press release
Andrea posted on the MK Forum that Michelle was listed as one of the Top 100 Influencial Asian Americans of the decade in Northwest Asian Weekly this week. (Thanks Andrea!)
Michelle is the 1999 USOC Female Figure Skating Athlete of the Year! This is the second year in a row that she has received this award, and 3rd overall ('96, '98, '99). Because Michelle won this award, she is eligible for the USOC's sportswoman of the year. I was very happy to catch this in Thursday's USA Today. For more information, check out the following articles:


Another honor for Michelle! Michelle is one of the four recipients of the Third Annual Historymaker Awards by the Friends of Museum of Chinese American History in Los Angeles. The news was announced during a press conference on August 20. The award will be presented at the Gala Banquet on September 11, 1999 in LA. (Thanks Greg and Andy!)

The gala's site was updated with this info about Michelle:

Michelle Kwan - Outstanding Achievement in Sports

Michelle Kwan's skating brilliance has earned her more titles and accolades than any other skater in the world. She first captured our hearts as the thirteen year old alternate at the 1994 Olympic Games and went on to capture the 1998 and 1999 World and National championships as well as the silver medal at the 1998 Olympic Games. It is her combination of artistry, athleticism, and grace sets her apart from all other performers.

Michelle began her skating career at age 5 after watching her older brother, Ron, play hockey and went on to win her first competition at age 7. In 1997 she signed with the Walt Disney Company to star in four primetime TV specials and her autobiography, Michelle Kwan: Heart of a Champion (Scholastic, Inc.) is now in its fifth printing. She has said that if she wasn't a skater she would like to be a gymnast. Michelle is currently a student at UCLA.


From the July 22 edition of USA Today:

HONORED: Christine Brennan of USA TODAY won the 1999 Women's Sports Foundation Journalism award for best newspaper story about women athletes. Brennan's "Topping Greatness" appeared in the Oct. 1, 1998, Olympic Glory section. Her story was a behind-the-scnes view of the making of Michelle Kwan's 1998-99 figure-skating programs.

The WSF must love Michelle. :-) Remember, she was the Women's Sports Foundation athlete of the year. In case you forget the article (and it was a good one), check it out!


Michelle is the 1999 Reader's Choice Eligible Figure Skater of the Year! This is the 4th time she has won the award, and she is still the only multiple winner of this award! She received the award at the USFSA's annual Governing Council Meeting, May 15 in Houston.
Vote for Michelle in Lifetime's poll, salute to influential women of the 20th century poll. Scroll down to the sports category and vote!
Michelle came in 13th in People's Most Intriguing Person of the Year Poll. Check out the full results, and what they say about Michelle!
Michelle is the USOC's figure skating female athlete of the year! For more information, check out USOC honors Marion Jones, others as athletes of year

Because Michelle won this award, she was eligible for the USOC's sportswoman of the year. But, she didn't win. She did win the online voting for the USOC's female athlete of the year, though.


Michelle is the Women's Sports Foundation individual Sportswomen of the Year! You can read more about it in the following articles:

Then, check out these pictures:

Also, there is an article on page 15 C of the USA Today paper about the honor. If I find a URL for the article, I will post it. On the front page of the sports section, there is a small picture of Michelle at the news conference that annouced the award (the first one listed above.)


Michelle is the August USOC athlete of the month! She has won this award 7 times, the most ever by any athlete! (You can see which other months she has won this award by going to my Awards section.) She also won the online poll with 74.2% of the votes.
Remember the contest from Blades On Ice that you voted for a month or so ago? Well, she won! Michelle came in first place in the Blades on Ice People's Choice Awards for Performance of the Year in the Eligible Ladies category. According to the magazine, she was the "overwhelming favorite" and "clear winner." The performance that won was her long program at Nationals, but "she received many votes for a variety of performances throughout the year." Tara Lipinski's Olympic long program was 2nd, and Lu Chen's Olympic long program was 3rd. You can see the full results for all the categories, plus a full page, color picture of Michelle, in the July/August 1998 issue of Blades on Ice Magazine. I don't think it is on the stands yet, though.
At the PSA Annual Meeting Michelle won for the "Best Performance at US Nationals (Ladies)", and her choreographer, Lori Nichol, won the "USFSA Paul McGrath Award for Choreography." Also, at the Third Annual International Awards Night, Michelle's coach Frank Carroll was named Coach of the year for the second year in a row!
Michelle was named the 1998 Eligible Skater of the Year by the readers of "Skating" magazine! (The e-mail address to vote was on this page earlier...so maybe you helped her win!) Michelle is the only multiple winner of this award. The award was presented to her at a USFSA meeting which took place May 7-9. (Check out the picture I scanned in of her accepting the award.) She said, "It is a great honor to receive this award from the readers of Skating magazine. I appreciate all of the support that the fans and skating community have shown me through the years, and it really helps me to know that I have so many people behind me."
The final results of the People Online: 3rd Annual Most Beautiful People Poll have been announced, and Michelle finished in 6th place! See her photo gallery at Michelle Kwan: Winners Most Beautiful People.
Michelle is the USOC female athlete for the month of April. Also, Michelle easily won the online balloting for the USOC athlete of the month. She received 76% of the votes.
Michelle was named the Skater of the Month by The Internet Museum of Figure Skating. The site had a clip of her doing a layback at the 1996 Ultimate Four, plus a nice article, and several pictures.
Michelle was named TNT's athlete of the day for February 18, 1998! Check out the article, and watch a quicktime Video of Michelle Kwan.
Michelle was named the Athlete of the Month for the month of January by the United States Olympic Committee. Also, Michelle was the overwhelming choice among USOC Online visitors. She received 96 % of the vote!!
Michelle is the female winner of the Dial Award, a very prestigious award given to high school seniors. It is awarded on the basis of athletic ability and academic achievement. Past winners include Tiger Woods, and Shannon Miller. Also, she finished 10th in Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year award.
Frank Carroll, Michelle's coach, was named the 1997 National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee. (Full Story) As stated earlier, Frank was named the 1997 National Coach of the Year for Figure Skating. A winner was named for each of the National Governing Bodies for Olympic and Pan American sports.
Last updated November 3, 2003

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