In the article, Women's
Olympics, t his was said about Michelle:"Michelle Kwan,
dignity. How can it be that she's only 17? A videotape of Kwan's
remarks after her silver-medal performance should be required viewing
for male athletes in every major professional sport.
She did not make excuses.
She did not question the judges. She did not act as if she had
lost anything more than a figure skating competition -- though
it was one she had worked toward most of her life.
It's difficult to
imagine Lipinski making an impact beyond skating. It's equally
difficult to imagine Kwan remaining confined to such an insular
world. She is remarkably mature and serene. And after Salt Lake
City, she'll still be only 21."
Michelle Kwan is the 1998
Olympic Silver Medalist! Although she did not win the gold, she skated
a great program and is still a champion in my eyes. Judging by the
over 200 e-mails I received in the last two days, you, her fans, agree.
Good luck to Michelle at Worlds!!
There are many articles
about the short program in the Articles about
Michelle section. Also, check out a picture of Michelle in
Kiss and Cry after the short program.
Check out a picture of
first practice on Olympic ice!
Michelle is in Nagano!!!
She arrived yesterday, and had her first Olympic practice today (in
Japan time...around noon, Feb 10.) When they started broadcasting
the practice on CBS, she was just about to do a runthrough of her
long program. Scott Hamilton said that she was having a great practice.
He was surprised that she decided to go to the long program practice
as her first Olympic practice. She did a complete runthrough, and
except for a mistake on her triple lutz/double toe combination in
the beginning, she did great. She landed the second triple lutz, the
triple salchow, and the triple toe to end the program. Great job,
and a nice surprise to watch her practice!! It brought me back to
Michelle was interviewed
during the CBS coverage of the Opening Ceremonies on Friday. She said
that she is not sure when she is going to leave for Nagano, and is
continuing physical therapy on her toe. If you did not hear the interview,
you can listen to it at Michelle
Kwan--US Figure Skater. Past audio clips can be found there as
In her teleconference,
Michelle said that she isn't sure if she is going to attend the Opening
Ceremonies of the Olympics. She said that she would like to attend
the ceremonies, but she is still undergoing physical therapy three
times a week. Michelle is also trying to relax prior to the Olympics.
She said, "I've been watching like 100 movies a day, and just relaxing
and talking with friends." However, she has also been catching up
on homework and studying for finals in French, English, history and
computer courses, which she put off until after Nationals. She also
said that she decided to change her long program costume because,
"I looked at tape of (October's) Skate America, and I didn't like
the costume in my long program. It was too distracting, like people
would be looking at my costume and not my skating. So we changed it
and made it more flowing, like clouds, more simple and basic."
Check out Brian
Boitano Will Miss '98 Olympics, where Brian says that he will
be rooting for Michelle at the Olympics. He also said that "I love
her. We're friends and I feel like a mentor to her."
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