hope you caught Michelle during the closing ceremonies. They showed
her several times walking into the stadium and sitting in the stands
during the performances. When she got to her seat, you could see
an athlete from another country ask for her picture, and you saw
her posing with the athlete. It was cute! She was interviewed during
one of the performances by Andrea Joyce. Here's what was said:
Andrea: Dan, if
you think Michelle Kwan is beautiful on the ice, you should have
seen her during Gloria Estefan. Some great moves. You have been
to the closing ceremonies before. How does it compare to be in the
United States for a closing? What kind of a party is it?
Michelle: It is
awesome to see Dorothy Hamill and Ilia Kulik performing, one skater
after another, KISS, N Sync, full of people.
Andrea: Is it an
emotional high or is it bittersweet?
Michelle: It is
bitter, but very sweet. I didn't skate my best, but I'm having
tons of fun and, you know, enjoying every moment of it.
Andrea: This is
a great night. It is fun. Back to you guys.
Check out a picture of
Michelle from the closing ceremonies, waving
as she enters the stadium
exhibition to Fields of Gold was
beautiful and touching. You can watch the program in real video format
courtesy of Moyesii. The clip is about 13 MB, and Moyesii says it
will only be up for a limited time. I'd love to put it on my site,
but I don't have enough space. Check
There is also an avi,
18 MB clip of the program at shanfan.com.
Go to the SLC video
section of her site for the link.
was at the Olympic short track speed skating competition on Saturday,
Feb. 23, though I never saw the TV camera show her. AP articles about
the event said that Michelle was one of several celebrities in the
arena, and that she was holding a sign that said "Oh Yes Ohno!" The
great name sucked us into short track said, "So suddenly
short track is the hip sport. Suddenly Michele Kwan is sitting in
the stands with a fake soul patch under her lip." LOL, how could
they not show that on TV?!
to Michelle on her bronze medal at the Olympics! There aren't many
skaters who can say they have two Olympic medals. I've added many
pictures to my Links to Other Photo Pages
section, but just thought I'd share my favorite picture from the medal
ceremony. It's of Michelle,
Sarah, and Irina laughing. It made me feel better last night,
seeing Michelle so happy.
Many visitors of this
site are sending their best wishes, and leaving beautiful messages,
to Michelle in my guestbook and to me via e-mail. Please remember,
I am not Michelle, I don't know Michelle, this is just a fan site.
I can't get these messages to her, though every one I read makes
me feel better. If you want to send a note to Michelle, write her
one of the snail mail address on the contact
page. I think the Lake Arrowhead address is best.
We love Michelle not
just for being one of the best figure skaters in history, but for
the wonderful person she is. I don't think I could get as emotionally
attached to one person just for their athletic accomplishments.
It's what she's done on and off the ice in the 9 or so years I've
been following her career that has made me the fan I am today, and
that love of Michelle the skater, and person, will never dim, no
matter what color medal she is wearing around her neck.
A note about the site...I'm
sorry that it has been slow loading lately *sigh* Traffic during
the Olympics has been anywhere from 4-6 times normal (everyone wants
to learn more about Michelle!), and I'm guessing that's what's been
slowing the site. Hopefully it will be better soon, so please don't
let that stop you from returning!
is in first place after the short program at the Olympics! She got
straight 5.9s for presentation. Check out the complete
results from the short program.
The draw for the final
group in the long program is (or see the complete
starting order for the long program):
1. Maria Butyrskaya
2. Sarah Hughes
3. Julia Sebestyen
4. Sasha Cohen
5. Michelle Kwan
6. Irina Slutskaya
There are so many
articles and pictures from the short program. To read the articles,
go to the Olympics articles section
of the site. Also, here are some pictures from the short program,
Scott was on the local news on Tuesday, to preview the ladies. She
was Michelle's roommate when Michelle stayed in the village, and she
talked a little bit about Michelle, how nice she is, etc.
Also, Vera Wang was on
Access Hollywood Tuesday, showing her sketches
of Michelle's costumes. She said that the Rachmaninoff
dress that she wore is Michelle's favorite costume Vera has designed
draw for the short program order took place Sunday, Feb. 17. Out of
27 skaters, Michelle skates 15th. Here is the skate order for some
2. Fumie Suguri
5. Sarah Hughes
(last in her group)
6. Sasha Cohen (first in her group)
12. Maria Butyrskaya
13. Irina Slutskaya
15. Michelle Kwan (last in her group)
22. Viktoria Volchkova (first in her group)
For more information,
check out the article Kwan
Gets Favorable Draw
the prime time broadcast of the Olympics on Monday, Feb. 18, there
will be a ladies preview. Also, the Today show all this week is supposed
to talk about the ladies. I have heard that there will be more on
Michelle on Tuesday (including some clips of Michelle and Katie on
the ice you may have seen at the end of the Today show this past week),
but you know how iffy the show has been showing skaters.
out some real audio clips of Michelle from Saturday, February 16,
from CBS Sportsline:
she didn't watch the pairs competition
that the men's program has inspired her to take chances
she didn't mind sharing the practice ice she's had to herself all
Sasha, and Sarah were interviewed on the Sunday, Feb. 10 primetime
coverage of the Olympics. Michelle looked great. Always smiling!
Check out my screencaptures from the interview
sure to check the Practice section
of the links to other photo pages of my site. So far, there have been
new pictures of Michelle each day, so hopefully it continues!
it exciting to see Michelle marching in the opening ceremony? She
looked so happy. Before the ceremonies, President Bush talked to the
US team, and also talked separately with the athletes, including Michelle.
They interviewed her before the opening ceremonies, and she said she
was having a great time hanging out with the other athletes, like
the bobsledders. In fact, she likes SLC and the rink so much, she
has decided to stay in SLC for the duration of the Olympics. She originally
was planning on going back to Lake Arrowhead for a week after the
opening ceremonies. Both Sasha and Sarah will be going elsewhere to
train prior to the event (Sasha to Lake Arrowhead, Sarah to Colorado
Springs). Michelle also said that she will be staying in the Olympic
village part of the time, with the other nights spent in a hotel room.
You can see many articles from the day's events on my 2002
Olympics articles page. Check out the following pictures from
- Opening Ceremonies
- US Ladies FS
team press conference
- With President
have a digital camera that takes decent pictures off the TV, so
I made some "screencaptures" of Michelle in the opening
ceremony, and of the interview before the ceremonies. I may try
to get some better pictures later, but here's what I've done for
to a real audio clip of some of what Michelle had to say in
the US ladies press conference.
Finally, during the opening
ceremonies, they showed Michelle's Chevrolet
was shown twice on the Today show on Friday, Feb. 9. At the very beginning
of the broadcast, they showed her landing a triple toe/triple toe
in her first practice. Later, they showed more of her first practice
on the Olympic ice, plus a small interview. They showed her landing
several jumps, plus spirals and spins. When they came back, Katie
said she was looking really good. You can see real
video clip from this practice courtesy of Arizona Republic (go
to about 1:40 into the clip.)
At the end of the show
(where they show pieces from the past week), they showed a clip
of Michelle and Katie skating on the ice, from the interview the
I have heard that Michelle
will be on the Today show on Feb. 19 (with more of Katie and Michelle
on the ice), but I haven't seen it listed in the TV Guide. Of course,
the TV Guide was wrong before, so hopefully it will be wrong this
is in Salt Lake! She arrived Wednesday to check in, and get fitted
for her Olympic gear. Thursday, she had her first practice, which
was for the short program, on the Olympic ice. She was the only skater
on the rink since the other competitors (including Sasha and Sarah)
have not arrived yet. For more information, check out the article
only U.S. woman to practice Thursday. Also,
Barbara Underhill posted a practice report on her official
message board. According to Barbara, Michelle's looking good.
She said, "Hi everyone....I am sitting in the Olympic Rink
watching Michelle Kwan have a private practice....nobody else showed
up for the practice, and she has looked phenomenal....didn't miss
one jump, looks supremely confident, clean short, and two 3/3 combo's
Michelle will be marching
with the US team in the opening ceremonies, so don't forget to watch
Friday night. Hopefully they'll show her!
Check out the following
pictures of Michelle's first two days in Salt Lake City:
- Checking in
to the Olympics--Feb. 6
- First practice--Feb.
you missed Michelle on the Today show on Thursday, Feb. 7, check out
of the interview.
Chevrolet commercial that I
wrote about earlier
will be shown on TV during the Olympics according the the press
Launches Three New Divisional TV Spots For 2002 Salt Lake Olympic
is a nice article about Michelle in the LA Times titled Kwan's
Options. It says that she will be attending the opening ceremonies,
and talks about her decision on whether to stay in the Olympic village
and whether to stay eligible after the games.
has a picture of Michelle on its Olympic
preview graphic. Then, in it's Olympic
preview section, it has a picture of Michelle, and talks about
my site. Here's what it says:
Kwan Fan Page
Michelle Kwan has accomplished everything in figure skating, except
winning the elusive Olympic gold medal, this year that may change.
This is a fantastic fan site to find information on Michelle. Check
out the "Seen and Heard" page if you want a quick update on whatís
happening with Michelle. If itís more in depth information youíre
after, youíll find it here too. Fans come here to reach out to each
other and share stories about their Michelle encounters, or to take
the time to send each other online cards with picture of Michelle
new US Olympic
Team site contains a cute parody on the movie, Oceans 11. They
have a site called Olympic
11, and Michelle is cast in the Julia Roberts part of the poster
(comparing it to the movie poster). The site also contains wallpapers
and video clips of Michelle in their multimedia
woman posted the following on the MK Forum (Thanks weasel woman
I just received
my copy of the SLC official program today! There is an article by
Dick Button on the six American ladies who have won the gold medal
for figure skating. There is a picture of each of the ladies, but
on the first page of the article is a full page picture of Michelle
in her raspberry dress from 2001 Worlds (same
picture that was on the SLC web site).
Dick does a write up for each of the ladies who have won the gold.
The article actually starts out about Michelle, and then ends on
his thoughts on how Michelle will have to skate competing against
Irina. He feels that if she skates like she did in Vancouver, she
will win the gold!! He also mentioned how MK acknowledged him in
the kiss and cry after her win and his feelings upon hearing it.
He describes Irina's and Michelle's skating and its pretty obvious
how Dick feels about MK and her skating!
There is also a figure skating page on all the disciplines and the
American hopefuls to make the team. The interesting thing on this
was that the three ladies mentioned were Michelle, Sara and Sasha.
Not a mention of Angela. I hope Angela shows them all and makes
Alison later posted how
to order the program:
I just ordered mine
on the official Olympic web site at www.slc2002.com.
You click on Shopping in the menu bar at the top, click on the Olympic
Store, and then you click on "Keepsakes." There is a vertical double
row of products under Keepsakes and the Olympic program is about
halfway down the first row (the left-hand one). You may have to
scroll down to find it. It has a blue cover with a silver foil Olympic
snowflake symbol on it. The price is $14.95. You just add it to
your cart and follow the order directions from there.
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