Happy birthday Michelle! Michelle is 35 years old today, July 7, 2015. Check out my birthday page for Michelle.
Don't forget, I created a twitter account (mkfanpg) to post updates on Michelle, retweeting some updates from Michelle's official account (MichelleWKwan), and any pictures and videos that are posted to twitter. I'll have the twitter feed here as well, so you don't have to be on twitter to follow along!
Michelle will be on Rachael Ray Show on Tuesday, December 23! Find out here when and where the show airs in your area!
On the show's site, you can see Michelle's recipe for Crustless Pumpkin Pie as well as a short preview of the show. There's also this picture of Michelle with Rachael, Misty Copeland and Ian Smith.
When the episode was recorded, Michelle posted 2 pictures on instagram and twitter. One with Cameron Diaz, and another that's almost like the picture posted above with Rachael!
Happy birthday Michelle! Michelle is 34 years old today, July 7, 2014. Check out my birthday page for Michelle.
I know I've fallen behind on updating the site, so I created a twitter account (mkfanpg) to post updates on Michelle. I'll also be retweeting some updates from Michelle's official account (MichelleWKwan), and any pictures and videos that are posted to twitter. I'll have the twitter feed here as well, so you don't have to be on twitter to follow along! Hopefully I'll be able to update the site as well, but this should help in the meantime!
Also, be sure to watch Michelle on FOX Sports 1 during the Olympics. She will be on the show "FOX Sports Live", which airs from 11p-midnight but she may be on the station at other times as well. For more information, check out this press release.
Happy birthday Michelle! Michelle is 33 years old today, July 7, 2013. Check out my birthday page for Michelle.
As always lately, I'm behind on updating. But I had to have a timely update today because Michelle and Clay got married! The wedding took place on January 19 at the First Unitarian Church in Providence, Rhode Island. Michelle wore a gorgeous Vera Wang dress. A couple of notes from the Providence Journal:
Several uniformed police officers stood guard outside the church as Kwan, 32, emerged with her bridesmaid from The Hope Club, across the street from the church shortly after 3:30 p.m. About an hour later, guests gathered outside the church holding up giant sparklers as the bride and groom emerged.
Four uniformed officers of the Coast Guard held swords up high to form a saber arch under which the newlyweds walked. Pell is a Coast Guard lieutenant.
People magazine will have a feature about the wedding, on newstands Friday! A beautiful piece of information from their online article:
At the end of her bronze-medal finish at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games, nine-time U.S. national figure skating champion and five-time world champion Michelle Kwan skated to "Fields of Gold" as her Olympic swan song. On Saturday, Jan. 19, signaling a new beginning, she incorporated that same melody into her wedding program.
Here are some pictures from the wedding. Did I mention her dress is gorgeous?:
Christine Brennan and Phil Hersh were at the wedding. The both tweeted about the event. First from Phil Hersh (@olyphil)
Dance with dad is to the Beatles "michelle my belle." Natch
First dance starts with "it's only just begun," goes into "Stand by me.". Pastor had called Clay's terpsichore a combo of dirty and ballroom
Michelle Kwan cut the cake with the ceremonial sword her new husband wore with his Coast Guard dress blues (he was a lieutanant)
Clay Pell's sister said she was always amazed at his comfort zone with being a nerd. #Kwanwedding
Because I have never watched a second of American Idol, I did not recognize Paula Abdul at Michelle Kwan's wedding.
Michelle's brother, Ron, toast-roasting the newlyweds, said, "Clay, the rest of your life you will be known as Michelle Kwan's husband,"
Kwan's brother in law, Peter Oppegard, missed wedding to be with skaters he coaches in Omaha. His daughers, Sophia and Olivia, flower girls
Later, pastor Kurt Vickman said, "you may kiss the bride a second time.". So he did!
Michelle and Clay got a head start on "you may kiss the bride.". They misinterpreted a cue and did it first time before the ring ceremony
When they reached the altar, the pastor said, "Michelle, you look amazing. Clay, you look okay."
Michelle Kwan had a tear on her cheek as she came down the aisle before ceremony
Other skating royalty at Kwan-Pell wedding: Dick Button, Dorothy Hamill, Brian Boitano.
And tweets from Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports)
Dick Button critiques wedding for Michelle Kwan and Clay Pell. If there had been a glitch, Russian judge to blame. pic.twitter.com/XsqabqDz
Only one mention of Michelle #Kwan as a figure skater in 45-min ceremony. Many mentions of her kindness, honesty, etc.
More Kwan-Pell wedding guests: Obama adviser Melody Barnes, Olympian Donna de Varona, Tom Collins, ex-Hog George Starke.
Kwan wedding guests include Dorothy Hamill, Brian Boitano, Dick Button, Tim Shriver, Gov. Chafee of RI.
Dick Button among the guests at Kwan wedding. pic.twitter.com/qJJO1HcL
Forget @LanceArmstrong, forget Te'o. Michelle Kwan is about to be married to Clay Pell in Providence, RI. Honored to attend.
And some articles about the wedding:
This article from WPRI has a short video of Michelle entering the church.
I appologize for not posting this article right away, but here's another great article from People magazine about Michelle's engagement: Bride-to-Be Michelle Kwan Wants a Vera Wang Wedding Gown
Michelle attended the Women's Sports Foundation's 33rd Annual Salute to Women in Sports in NYC on October 17, 2012. Check out the following pictures of her at the event.
Michelle and Clay attended the 44th Annual Meridian Ball, which hosts global leaders and high Washington society on October 12 in DC. The ball comes after the Meridian's Global Leadership Summit, and the Ambassador-hosted dinners. Check out a few pictures of Michelle at the event. That link also says Michelle and Clay were on the dance floor. :)
On September 13, Michelle attended an event held by the Special Olympics Opening Eyes at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC. The event honored Essilor International President Hubert Sagnieres. Check out the following pictures of Michelle at the dinner:
Exciting news! Michelle is engaged!! Clay Pell proposed on September 3 on Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island. They met in April 2011. Clay is director for strategic planning on the National Security staff at the White House, and is a a JAG and Lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard. He is also the grandson of the late Rhode Island Sen. Claiborne Pell, who established Pell Grants for college 40 years ago.
Michelle and Clay spoke to People magazine about the engagement, and there will be an article and pictures of the ring in the issue on stands Friday! The shorter article on People's site is even the top story on the main page of their site! Check out some quotes from the article:
"It was a simple decision and it made sense, that's what's so exciting to me," Kwan says of the proposal. "We are working together as a team, like in [pair skating]."
Adds Pell: "It was amazing from the very beginning how in sync our way of thinking is, our basic values and our sense of priorities. We just both got each other."
And Michelle talking about the proposal:
"It was hot and we were going to go into the water to cool ourselves off a little bit," Kwan says. "I wasn't anticipating going swimming. I said, 'I don't feel comfortable because I don't have my bathing suit on.' He's like, 'No, come on in,' so I said, 'Okay.'"
Earlier this summer, teach23 posted on the MK Forum an alumni article that had a picture of Michelle and Clay. Here's a screencap of the picture. Such a cute couple. :)
I added a few articles to the 2012 Articles page, but there are a ton online (all basically quote the People magazine article.) One of the articles is from Entertainment Tonight, and I wouldn't be surprised to see all the entertainment shows mention the engagement on Wednesday!
Congratulations to Michelle and Clay!!
I could be wrong, but I would guess that Vera Wang, who has designed many skating dresses for Michelle, might be designing Michelle's wedding dress. Why am I bringing this up? Well, Michelle was in the front row at the Vera Wang Runway Show at The Stage at Lincoln Center during the Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC on September 11. Check out some pictures of Michelle enjoying the fashion show:
Michelle was the keynote speaker at the USFS Champs Camp on August 21. I kept hoping they would post a video of the speech (especially since the skaters tweeted how much they loved it), but no luck so far. Here are 2 pictures of Michelle at the event:
While in Colorado Springs, Michelle visited the US and World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Check out a picture of her posing next to her Scheherazade costume.
Michelle will be part of the Presidential Delegation to the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London! The delegation will attend athletic events, meet with U.S. athletes and attend the Closing Ceremony. So, hopefully, we'll get to see her on TV during the Closing Ceremony!!
The delegation will be led by Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
The delegation will also include former MLB player Curtis Pride, who is also a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition with Michelle, Louis B. Susman, US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Benjamin Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication and Speechwriting, and Reginald Love, Former Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the President.
For more information, check out the press release from the White House.
There's another great video with Michelle for the Royal Deck-athlon I posted about earlier on the Royal Caribbean site. Check it out!
Michelle is in London for the Olympics! Before the Olympics began, she was at the Beyond Sport Summit, which took place in London July 23-25. Here are a few tweets about her at the event:
@geoff_calkins What a day. Summer Sanders. Snap, Crackle and Pop. Dave Barry. Then Michelle Kwan and Bob Beamon at Beyond Sport Event. #ScrippsLondon.
@Okwonga Michelle Kwan speaking at #BeyondSport - she was basically to figure-skating what Martina Navratilova was to tennis
@USFigureSkating Michelle Kwan & Ian Thorpe headlined the Beyond Sport Summit in London. Who sat next to Michelle? Former Prime Minister Tony Blair!
@PrestonC77 In London with some champions of sport. Very cool to be in the same room as Becham, Johnson, Michelle Kwan, Thorpe and the great Ali.
@HotaruZx9r I saw Michelle Kwan in the Facebook of Ian Thorpe. Like soap and envy, dear. (this is a translation from google, lol)
SoFit Mobile App :
“Using the Olympics as a way to inspire more people to get active, SoFit will engage users to take small steps to start living healthier while connecting millions to make the world a better place,” said Michelle Kwan, State Department Public Diplomacy Envoy and Olympic Figure Skater.
And here are a few pictures of her at the event:
Also today, July 28, Nastia Liukin tweeted and posted on instagram this picture with Michelle. Her caption on twitter was "Another reason I love the Olympics... Seeing all your fellow Olympians" with a smiley face and heart. :) On instagram, she only posted 2 hearts. She didn't even need to list Michelle's name, since obviously everyone would know her!
Also, during the opening ceremony, there was a commercial with Michelle for the Royal Deck-athlon I posted about earlier. I'm sure it will be shown throughout the Olympics! The CocaCola ad that's been showing for years with Michelle receiving her 2002 Olympic medal was also shown!
The interview on Fox News Sunday's Power Player from May that I posted about earlier will be repeated this Sunday. You can see when it airs on your local FOX affliate here.
I posted earlier about the July issue of the Washingtonian having a feature on past Olympians. The feature is now online, with a nice, new picture of Michelle! Check it out!
Today is the 15th anniversary of my site!! So, I was determined to catch up on news since the last update. Get comfortable, because Michelle has been BUSY in the last few months!!
There's a really fun campaign Royal Caribbean has right now with Michelle and Greg Louganis! The two Olympians go head-to-head in the first-ever Deck-athlon at sea, on the Oasis of the Seas. And the fans get to judge who wins! Just go to the Royal Deck-athlon, and watch the videos. Right now, there are 4 videos up. They are all cute! Of course, don't miss the one where Michelle skates!! Then, go to Facebook to vote. The winner gets a 7-night Royal Caribbean cruise.
The NY Times has an article about the promotion, with a nice picture of Michelle & Greg playing mini golf. The article also says:
The commercials will start to run during the coverage of the opening ceremony on stations owned and operated by NBC, which is broadcasting the Summer Games, as well as on some NBC affiliates.
Can't wait to see commercials for the campaign during the Olympics!!
Earlier this year, Royal Caribbean had been tweeting & posting on Facebook pictures of Michelle on the ship. Here are a few of those pictures:
loopschick let me know that the Royal Caribbean newsletter has pictures and an article about this, and sent me some scans. (Thanks loopschick!)
Michelle carried the Olympic Torch through Oxford, UK on Tuesday, July 10, 2012! Michelle was nominated as an Olympic Torchbearer by The Coca-Cola Company for her role on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics as well as on the President’s Council of Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Coca-Cola selected 22 outstanding Americans to carry the Olympic Flame in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. Along with Michelle, the others chosen were Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders, fitness icon Jake Steinfeld, and 10 teenagers from across the United States! Check out the article about those selected, and then check out pictures of her carrying the torch!
It looks like the July issue of the Washingtonian will have a feature on past Olympians, including Michelle. You can see this note at the bottom of this article. Also, they are posting the features online. Right now, only Dominique Dawes article is up, but you can see Michelle's picture on the online version, and that her feature will be added soon!
Michelle has been named to the U.S. Department of State's Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports! From the press release:
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has called on leading American women to serve on the U.S. Department of State’s Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports.
The members of the Council, which is comprised of current and retired athletes, coaches, corporate executives, journalists, and trailblazers in women’s sports, will engage audiences in the United States and overseas to elevate the global conversation on sports as a means of empowerment.
These women have excelled both on and off the field and displayed their strong commitment to advancing the rights of women and girls worldwide.
The Council will support the broader goals of the Department’s Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative, which mobilizes all of the Department’s international sports programming, from Sports Envoys traveling overseas to Sports Visitors traveling to the United States to increase the number of women and girls worldwide who are involved in sports. A cornerstone of this initiative is the creation of a new sports mentorship program that will connect women and girls from across the globe with their American counterparts.
The Council builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power,” which embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools—in this case American women in sports—to empower girls and foster greater understanding.
Other members include Mia Hamm, Billie Jean King, and Pat Summitt. Check out the full list!
Michelle joined National Women's Hall of Fame Celebration for a debate in Washington, DC at Gallup Headquarters on June 26 to celebrate 40 years of Title IX. Check out the press release about her joining.
Michelle also wrote a wonderful essay on Empowering Girls & Women Through Sport Across the Globe.
Check out some pictures of Michelle at the event
Michelle also took part in the Title IX and Beyond: How Do We Get the Rest of Our Girls in the Game? at the Aspen Institute on May 31, 2012. Check out a few tweets from participants:
Michelle Kwan just showed up at #t9andbeyond - because she was interested in the discussion, wanted to participate. Love that.
Michelle Kwan is here. I used to watch her and pretend to ice skate (socks on tile). #T9andbeyond
Sitting a few rows from figure skating legend Michelle Kwan at #t9andbeyond conference.
And check out 2 pictures of her at the event: Picture #1
and Picture #2
On the Disney Parks blog on July 13, Disney posted a great montage of Olympians who have visited Disneyland through the years. I thought it might be just summer Olympians, but I watched just in case, and Michelle is in it! In fact, they show THREE pics of her! Check it out! Here's a few quick screencaps (but it's even better watching the slideshow, so make sure you watch!)
Michelle will give a talk at Southeast Missouri State University next March, called "Aspiring to Greatness: What It Takes to Win." The presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. March 6 in the Show Me Center. Tickets info is not available yet. For more information, check out Southeast Missourian: Speaker Series and Show Me Center.Biz
Michelle was in South Korea from June 19-21 to promote the 2013 PyeongChang Special Olympics, which take place Jan 29-Feb 5. Check out the MK Forum thread for tons of pictures, articles and videos!
On June 21, Michelle had a press conference with Yu-Na, where she said she might be skating during the Opening Ceremonies for The Special Olympics World Winter Games. Michelle said:
“We have not completed plans for closing ceremonies. But I have enjoyed performing with Yuna. I hope to do it again,” Kwan said. “I have to be honest, I have not skated since the last ice show with Kim. My blade is rusty. You take some time off from the ice, then triple jumps don’t come very easy.”
You can see Michelle saying these on clips from the news conference on youtube: SSTV and TVDaily.
Earlier this year, Michelle filmed this short video, one year out before the Special Olympics.
Michelle took part in the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival on June 28 and 29. Here's some info about the Aspen Ideas Festival:
For over 60 years, the Aspen Institute has been the nation's premier gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times.
The 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival will engage its participants in a variety of programs, tutorials, seminars and discussion events that together are guaranteed to charge the atmosphere with vibrant intellectual exchange. Think of it as a week-long summer university for the mind – remarkable lectures and classes across a stimulating array of topics.
Here are a few articles about her speaking at the event, including some video:
Robin Roberts did a great interview with Michelle, titled Michelle Kwan on Olympic Glory and Giving Back. Be sure to watch! There also another video interview with espnW Spotlight "In The Game".
Michelle was at "Rock The Mall" on June 10 in Washington, D.C., a Girls Scout event which celebrated 100 Years of Scouting. There were 250,000 Girl Scouts in attendance, along with Mandy Moore, The Voice's Erin Willet, and AI's Thia Megia. There was a concert, and Michelle did the hokey pokey! Check out some pictures:
Michelle attended the 2012 Whitney Art Party at Skylight Soho, NYC on June 6. This summer kickoff party, hosted by the Whitney Contemporaries, raises funds to support the Whitney Independent Study Program, as well as other educational initiatives at the Museum. She was a guest of fashion designer Lubov Azria, who is the Chief Creative Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP. Elle magazine had this quote from Michelle:
Lubov Azria bid on a piece featuring a scratched-out woman, explained Michelle Kwan (yes, that Michelle Kwan), who came as Azria’s date. “I’m living vicariously through her,” she joked, before adding, “I love the arts. I feel like in some ways I’m an artist myself, but on the ice. So I have an appreciation for artists, for what they do, so it’s a pleasure to be here and support the Whitney Art Party.”
I think we can all agree that Michelle is an artist on the ice! Here are a few pictures from the party:
Check out picture 7 from this photo gallery of Brian Boitano's kitchen. Brian has Michelle's bouquet from her first world championship! (Thanks iloveskating!)
Michelle was interviewed on Fox News Sunday's Power Player on May 20, 2012. You can watch it online. Here are a few screencaps (Thanks skatefan20!):
The City of Los Angeles awarded Michelle with the "Hope of Los Angeles" Award during the Opening Ceremonies to Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month on April 27. For more information, check out the press release. You can watch Michelle's acceptance speech, there's also a clip of the Opening Ceremonies, where you see Michelle and the other award winners walking in.
Then, check out some pictures from the event:
In honor of Title IX, there are several lists about the best female athletes of the era.
Michelle was named the #20 Female Athlete of the last 40 years by espnW! Also check out an article from ESPN's HS site.
The Woman's Sports Foundation named the 40 Women Who Have Made a Significant Impact on Society After Playing High School or College Sports, and Michelle is also on this list!
There's a cute story about Michelle in Shawn Johnson's book, which is mentioned in an article on the NBC Olympics site and this blog post:
When Shawn Johnson won the all around silver medal, Michelle searched her phone number to send her this text:
"Hi Shawn! I just wanted to say everybody is so proud of you. People love you, not because of the color of your medals but because of your amazing attitude, great spirit and kicking talent. Keep your head up high and smile. Everyone loves you."
Johnson’s reaction – “There’s someone who understands how I feel…Maybe the only one.”
Michelle attended the Heal The Bay's "Bring Back The Beach" Annual Awards Presentation & Dinner on May 17 at The Jonathan Club in Santa Monica, CA. Check out pictures of Michelle at the event:
There's also a video on youtube of Michelle at the event
I wrote earlier that Michelle would be at the ANNIKA & Friends at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort fundraiser in South Walton Florida on May 12-13. Check out an article about the event. Here are some pictures from the event:
Michelle was at the Reception for Launch of Active Play Presidential Active Lifestyle Award at the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC on April 30. The President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition teamed with the Entertainment Software Association for the awards. The goal of the new program is to highlight active video games as one way to help Americans lead more active lives. Sounds fun! Here are some pictures of Michelle at the event:
Michelle attended the 27th Annual Tim Russert Congressional Dinner on May 3 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. Donations and tickets to the dinner, named for the host’s father, the late Tim Russert, went to support Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington programs. Check out some pictures of Michelle at the event:
Michelle attended the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) 18th annual Gala at the Ritz Hotel in Washington DC on May 8. There's a cute blog post by a fan who registered Michelle:
Beforehand, I had helped with registration. The guest list of 1,000 meant that the line needed to move very quickly and efficiently, so my head was down when I said to one lady, “Welcome to the APAICS Gala! What is your last name?” When she said Kwan, I looked through the list for her last name. Once I found it, I told her the table she would be seated at, looked up, and saw that the lady I had just registered was none other but Michelle Kwan! I completely lost my filter and immediately said, “You’re my childhood hero!” She graciously said thank you and also agreed to take a picture with me after the evening’s program ended.
Check out some pictures of Michelle at the event:
And my final update for today (are you tired yet, lol) is that Michelle's wax statue has received a new costume and scrunchie. I have NO idea why they would have changed it from a costume she actually wore. Plus she didn't wear a scrunchie since, what, 1994? Anyway, here's a pic of her wax statue's new costume.
Happy birthday Michelle! Michelle is 32 years old today, July 7, 2012. Check out my birthday page for Michelle.
Michelle will be on NBC's Today show tomorrow, April 9, as part of a segment from the south lawn of the White House.
The reason Michelle will be at the White House is that she will be participating in the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 9. She will be participating in the "Eggtivity Zone" with other athletes! For more information, check out the article Julianne Moore, Janelle Monae, Elmo to Easter Egg Roll. Here's the Egg Roll page on the White House site, hopefully they'll update it with some pics of Michelle!
Michelle will be a celebrity guest at the ANNIKA & Friends at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort fundraiser in South Walton Florida on May 12-13. The weekend will feature a pro-am golf tournament, wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres with Annika Sorenstam, and a concert. Proceeds from the weekend will provide funding for physical education programs in schools. For more information, check out the article Michelle Kwan added to slate of celebrities for ANNIKA fundraiser. Also, check out Michelle on the Confirmed Celebrities page on the Annika & Friends official site.
Michelle attended a Washington Capitals game on April 5, where she sat in the owner's box and was shown on the jumbo tron! Check out the following pictures of Michelle at the game:
Another day, another Hall of Fame election! Michelle has been elected into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame!! Once again, she was the ONLY member of the 2012 class! Congratulations Michelle!!
I still don't know exactly when and where the induction is (Worlds? Colorado Springs? Somewhere else?) When I find out, I'll be sure to post!
Check out the articles from icenetwork.com and AP.
I've finished posting my pictures from the Hall of Fame reception and on ice induction!! Check it out!! In the gallery, you'll also find pictures of Michelle during the ladies award ceremony and in the stands, as well as the letter she sent to the MKF dinner. :) I also started a page in my Events Reviews and Reports section for the Hall of Fame induction with a short summary of the weekend. I hope to eventually write more of a report, and post some videos and audio, but I really wanted to get my pictures up as quick as I could!
The Manleywoman SkateCast has her podcast up from Nationals. You can download it on itunes or on her site.
Allison interviewed me during the Hall of Fame reception about the Michelle Kwan Fourm, and it's the first interview on the podcast. I have tried 3 times to listen, but I keep getting nervous how I sound, lol, so I haven't really listened yet. Hopefully I make sense and sound somewhat professional, lol! I also discussed starting this site.
Also on the podcast are clips from both inductions, interviews with Karen Kwan & Peter Oppegard, and more. Eventually I'll work up the courage to listen, haha!
I posted earlier that Michelle is on the cover of the January 2012 Skating Magazine.The issue is now online, check it out! I also posted a summary of all the pictures in the magazine on the Latest Magazine Mentions page.
Michelle will join Michelle Obama for the "Let's Move!" tour in Des Moines on February 9! For more information, check out this article. (Thanks Grace!)
I'm back from San Jose, where I saw Michelle get inducted into the Hall of Fame!! It was an amazing weekend, and I have tons of pictures to post! I'm still working on the pictures (I took a few hundred of Michelle during the reception, induction, and ladies awards ceremony), but I will get them posted as soon as I can.
The reception was amazing. It was supposed to last until midnight, but Michelle was still there at 1:30am, posing for pictures, signing autographs, and just chatting with fans.
As a sneak peak, here's a picture of Michelle with the MKFers that were at the reception. It was actually HER idea. Someone asked if she could get a pic of Michelle with a few friends, and Michelle said "what if we got a group MKF pic?" and she pulled us on stage. It was pretty amazing! Michelle actually mentioned the MK Forum three times publically during the weekend: In her press conference on Friday, in her speech during the reception, and in an interview on icenetwork after the ladies long.
I'll be back with pictures and more, but for now, here are a few videos online:
Also, the pics from my camera are much better, but here are a few phone pics from the reception that I tweeted during the event:
Some exciting news! Michelle has been elected into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame! She will be inducted during the 2012 Nationals in San Jose. Coincidently, this is the same city where Michelle won her first National title! She also will be the only inductee into the Hall of Fame this year.
There will be a reception on January 27 at The Fairmont Hotel. The induction will take place during the ladies long program on January 28.
Check out the following articles about Michelle being elected into the HoF!
Michelle posted on the MK Forum on December 21! Check out her thread, Hi MKF! xoxo MK! Here is what she wrote:
We always say it, but it’s always true: this year has gone so fast! Since my last post there has been a lot of changes. One of the biggest changes is my move to Washington DC after graduating from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts. I absolutely love living in our country’s capital – there’s constantly exciting things happening in DC. It also feels like a home away from home since many of my friends that studied International Relations both at the University of Denver and at the Fletcher School moved to the area.
I’m excited for Christmas and the coming New Year. Traditionally, our family waits till Christmas day to open presents, however, after last week I feel that I’ve already opened all my gifts. The first present that Santa gave me was a visit from Karen (my sis) and her daughters (Olivia and Sophia) to DC. We went to a variety of places, including: National Museum of Natural History, National Archives, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National Gallery of Art Sculpture and Garden, and even a private tour of the White House. Although Olivia and Sophia loved sightseeing, their favorite activity was skating on the outdoor ice rink in the National Mall (maybe skating is in their genes! : )
Another cool gift I got from Santa was an invitation to the White House for a holiday party. It was nice to see the White House decorated with such a multitude of holiday festivities, and the best part was getting a chance to wish the President and First Lady a Merry Christmas!
This year has been full of new and exciting things – I can only wonder what 2012 will bring. As some of you may know, I will be inducted to the Skating Hall of Fame in January. I can’t imagine a more remarkable way to bring in the New Year than a big celebration with my family and friends around as I get inducted into the Hall of Fame. San Jose has special significance to me since it’s the place that I won my first national title – and soon it will come full circle, as it will be the place that I get inducted to the Hall of Fame.
I hope that I get a chance to say hello to some of you in San Jose, but if I don’t, I hope that you all have an amazing New Year.
Wishing MKF a wonderful holiday season!!
Michelle is on the cover of the January 2012 Skating Magazine. It is her 8th cover, more than anyone in history! You can order a back issue of this magazine here. Later this month, the bottom of this About Skating Magazine should have the online version of the magazine (right now, it still has the December issue.)
Happy birthday Michelle! Michelle is 31 years old today, July 7, 2011. Check out my birthday page for Michelle.
I know I have been horribly behind in updating. It's just been a tough year for me, hopefully I can get back to updating like normal soon! Thanks for sticking with me. :)
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