finished in 3rd place in the group A qualifying group. She popped
her loop and fell on the last lutz. Full results of the two qualifying groups. Good luck to
Michelle in the short program Friday! Some pictures at Yahoo
I'm going to be away until April 1, and I don't know if I'll
be able to update the site during that time. You will be able
to find news and results at Yahoo.
Pictures can be found at the above links. Some other Worlds
links to bookmark, that I linked to earlier:
is in group A in the qualifying rounds, and skates third.
Fumie Suguri skates first, and Viktoria Volchkova skates second.
Others of interest in the group are Shizuka Arakawa skates
6th and Irina Slutskaya skates 7th. Check out the full qualifying
group A start order. Group A starts at 8am EST. Also,
you can check out the group
B skate order.
out some articles and pictuers from Michelle's pre competition
press conference at Worlds, on March 22, 2004.
to Michelle for being voted the 2003 USOC Sportswoman of the
Year! I wrote
earlier that Michelle was named the 2003 USOC Female Figure
Skating Athlete of the Year, which made her eligible for the
USOC Sportswoman of the Year. This is the first time she has
won this award (in 2001 she was the runner up.) Michelle is
now the 5th figure skater to be named the USOC Sportswoman
or Sportsman of the Year. Finishing below her on the ballot
Williams, speedskater Jennifer Rodriguez, gymnast Chellsie
Memmel and hockey's Angela Ruggiero.
The award is voted
on by the national media, the USOC Board of Directors and
the USOC Athletes' Advisory Council. Winners are selected
from the individual female Athlete of the Year nominations
of the national governing bodies for the Olympic, Pan American,
Affiliated and Disabled Sports Organizations within the U.S.
Olympic Movement. Michelle
been the USOC Athlete of the Year for figure skating 6 times
('96, '98, '99, '00, '01, and '03.). Lance Armstrong was named
the USOC SportsMan of the Year, and the U.S. Women's Gymnastics
Team is the USOC Team of the Year.
About this honor,
Michelle said, "It's pretty incredible. With the people who
have won the award before -- Flo Jo -- Marion Jones, Jackie
Joyner -- WOW!" She also commented on last season, "Last
year was pretty remarkable for me. I went through a year of
not knowing, uncertainty about how well I would compete, and
I guess that is what happens when you let things flow and
fall into place. I was lucky enough to have a great year."
For more information,
check out the following articles.
are this week! Seems like yesterday it was Nationals. The
ladies qualifying rounds are on Wed, March 24, the short is
on Friday the 26, and the long on Saturday the 27. Check out
some articles about Michelle and Worlds on my 2004
Worlds articles page. Some other Worlds links to bookmark:
OK, let me try
to catch up on everything I've missed while I was away!
Saturday. February 21, Michelle attended the premiere of "Snow
White - An Enchanting New Musical," at the Fantasyland
Theatre in Disneyland. Staged at the 1,600-seat theater, the
new show is described as a "live 32-minute adaptation of the
film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." It features many of
the well-known tunes from the movie. Attendence at premiere
was by invitation only to celebrity VIPs, the media, and parents
of children participating in the show. Other celebrities at
the premiere included Andy Garcia, Blair Underwood, Elisabeth
Shue, Jennie Garth, Joely Fisher, Marilu Henner, Melissa Rivers,
Rosanna Arquette, Sela Ward, and Treat Williams.
On the Monday editions
of the Extra and E! News Daily, they showed a very short clip
of Michelle at the premiere. Watch
a real video clip of the piece that was shown on Extra.
Check out the following
pictures of Michelle at the premiere:
For more information,
check out the following articles:
is named one of the six finalists for the 2004 American-International
Athlete Trophy, which recognizes the most outstanding athlete
during 2003 competition, by the International
Amateur Athletic Association. Other nominees are Lance
Armstrong (who won last year), Ana Guevara, Michael Phelps,
Saif Saeed Shaheen and Annika Sorenstam. The winner will be
announced on Tuesday, March 23 at 11 a.m. in the Hall of Fame
Room of the New York Athletic Club. A panel of international
sports experts selects the winner based on its opinion of
which athlete best personifies the qualities of greatness,
including excellence in athletic accomplishment and performance,
a high standard of sportsmanship and a sincere commitment
to international cooperation among people of all nations.
Past winners of the award, given out since 1981, include Eric
Heiden, Mary Decker-Slaney, Edwin Moses, Carl Lewis, Greg
Louganis, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Greg LeMond, Mike Powell,
Johann Olav Koss, Michael Johnson, Marion Jones, and Ian Thorpe.
For more information, check out the press
to Phil Hersh's latest article, Michelle became an aunt on
March 2, when her sister gave birth to Olivia Colett Oppegard.
Check out the pre Worlds article, Kwan's
mind on the grind as world championships draw near.
a Harris Interactive poll, Michelle was named the 4th most
popular female athlete, after Venus and Serena Williams, and
Mia Hamm. Michelle was also the most popular female athlete
among those over age 50. This is the first year the Harris
poll asked the public to name their favorite female sports
stars. In past years, Michelle has been on the poll's listing
of top 10 favorite athletes. This year she didn't, and with
Serena also falling off the list, the top 10 were all male
athletes. For more information, check out the press
attended another Lakers game this season. She was photographed
by GettyImages at the March 7 game against the NJ Nets. Check
out the picture.
was one of the latest additions to the 2004 edition of Compton's
Encyclopedia, just published by Encyclopaedia Britannica,
Inc. Twenty percent of the encyclopedia has been revised.
According to the press
release, "among the changes are revised maps, updated
population figures, and scores of new articles on notable
people." Some of the "notable people" added,
along with Michelle, are Halle Berry, Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon, PLO leader Yasir Arafat, North Korean leader
Kim Jong Il, and acclaimed cellist Yo Yo Ma.
I'm going through
some real life issues right now, so I appologize in advance
if updates are slow recently. I'm also going to be away at
the end of the month. Just a heads up. Anyway, this is a large
update to make up for what I've been missing!
is the USOC
female Athlete of the Month for January 2004! She has won
this award 13 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, January 2002, and January and March
2003. Read more about it in the following article Michelle
Kwan Named USOC Female Athlete of the Month.
yet another USOC honor. Michelle was the 2003 USOC Female
Figure Skating Athlete of the Year. This is the 6th year she
has received this award ('96, '98, '99, '00, '01, and '03).
Because Michelle won this award, she is eligible for the 2003
USOC Sportswoman of the Year. In
2001, Michelle was the was runner-up for the Sportswoman of
the Year award. For more information, check out the following
confirmed that Michelle will compete in the Marshalls World
Skating Challenge on April 6 in Providence,
Rhode Island. For more information, check out the article
Kwan to Compete in Season Finale.
to the SOI
site, Michelle filmed a commercial with Kristi Yamaguchi
recently for the National Hockey League. The taping took place
in Raleigh, North Carolina. I caught a commercial with Michelle
(but not Kristi?) during the Four Continents broadcast on
ABC. I believe it was advertising the all star game, but I
could be wrong. Since Kristi was not in this ad, maybe there
will be another NHL ad with Michelle? Either way, hopefully
the ad will repeat again. Check out this picture of Michelle,
Kristi and Kristi's husband, Bret Hedican from the commercial
was a letter to the editor in the February 9, 2004 issue of
Sports Illustrated about their lack of quality Nationals coverage.
PattyL123 posted on the MK
Forum the following part of the letter, "...a heated rivalry
might attract more press coverage, but knowledgeable skating
fans love and respect Kwan for her consistant ability to win
and her graciousness." (Thanks feelingbegins03 and PattyL123!)
was listed on ESPN.com's "Hottest Female Athlete" poll. She
in her group. At least another figure skater won the group...Jamie
added some pictures Leah Adams sent me from Nationals (short
program, long program, and podium pics.) Check out the Photo
Gallery! I also added a few pictures from last season
to the Photo Gallery, as well. (I still have to upload
my pictures from last year's Worlds!)
posted this yesterday on my updates page, but last week, my
site was down. I had no warning for this. If I know in advance
that my site will be down, I always post a message about it
On another note,
USA Today will not have the Chevy congratulations ad for Nationals
like they have in the past.
You can stop buying the paper trying to catch the ad, haha.
is in the January 26, 2004 issue of In Touch magazine, with
Jennifer Aniston on the cover. EL SEGUNDO 909 posted on the
Forum the following: (Thanks EL SEGUNDO 909.)
half a page picture of her LP-Tosca-Last Pose. "Winner" "In
her first competition in nearly a year,Michelle Kwan won her
eight US figure skating championship-and seventh straight-with
a flawless long program January 10 in Atlanta.Kwan,23,earned
seven perfect 6.0s for artistry to defeat 19year olds Sasha
Cohen and Jennifer Kirk."I had so much fun out there," said
Kwan,who can tie Maribel Vinson for the most US women's titles
with her next championship.Vinson won from 1928 to 1937."
attended the Lakers vs Denver Nuggets game on January 14,
2004 in LA with her brother, Ron, and sister, Karen. Check
out the following pics of Michelle at the game:
are some pics from MKFers from Nationals:
has sent me a transcript of Michelle on the Today show! Check
it out! Hopefully a video clip will be posted at some
point. (Thanks so much Chansamone.)
you missed Michelle skating to her Fallin'
exhibition, you can download a clip of the program from emilienne's
site. It's a wmv file, and about 20MB. (Thanks emilienne
was named the USATODAY.com U.S. Olympic Athlete of the Week
for her amazing performance at Nationals. Check out the article,
many will Kwan win?
was on the Today show on Monday, January 12. I wish I knew
in advance, not only to post it here, but because I missed
it too!! If anyone caught it, and can type up a transcript
(or get a video clip of it online!) please let me know. Also,
on Good Morning America, they talked about Michelle, and showed
a piece of her skating. At least I saw that!
If you missed Michelle's
amazing skate on Saturday night, you can download a real video
file from MaryJo's
to Michelle on her eighth National title!! Wow, I thought
last year was amazing, but this was just...I've run
out of words to describe it. The way she just puts so much
passion and joy onto the ice, it just is such an emotional
experience like no other skater does, for me. Michelle received
seven 6.0s for presentation, upping her total to 35 perfect
6.0s at Nationals (a record, Brian Boitano is next with 9
6.0s.) Wow wow wow, I've given up trying to put into words
Michelle's skating. She just was awesome. Aaaah!!
Check out the complete
final results. Then, check out some pictures from her
long program, Tosca, and from
the medal ceremony:
You can read some
articles about the long program on my 2004
Nationals page. Also, you can watch a short video clip
(an avi file about 4MB) of Michelle during the post long program
press conference from USFSA's
Don't forget to
watch the exhibitions on TV on Sunday!
forget to watch Michelle skate her long program live on TV
on Saturday! It looks like she might have a new costume for
her Tosca program. From the
Michelle Kwan, who is currently appearing in theU.S. Figure
Skating Championships in Atlanta, is keeping her costume for
tonight a secret. What's known is, she'll be glammed up by
New York designer Vera Wang, best known for her wedding gowns.
"It's great working with Vera," said Kwan, seven-time national
champion. "She herself is a skater and knows what types of
costumes works on the ice." "But being comfortable is most
important when I compete." Kwan described the short Wang dress
that she wore in Thursday night's short program as "very modern."
it's aired on TV, I can post the results of the short program.
Michelle is second place after the short. Check out the complete
short program results. She had a wonky landing on the
double axel, skating a short program for the first time in
10 months (since Worlds.) She had a very pretty new costume
for her program, The Feeling
Begins. Check out the following pictures of Michelle from
the short program:
4th out of the final group of skaters in the long program.
Check out the full long
program start order. Here is the skate order for the final
16 Sasha Cohen
17 Amber Corwin
18 Angela Nikodinov
19 Michelle Kwan
20 Jennifer Kirk
21 Ann Patrice McDonough
You can read some
articles about the short program on my 2004
Nationals page. Also, you can watch a short video clip
(an avi file about 1.7MB) of Michelle during the post short
program press conference from USFSA's
first practice at Nationals went well. Check
out the Jan 6 practice report from several MKFers, as
reported by Cole. The USFSA's site posted several video clips
of Michelle practicing and from her press conference, where
she said "I think the possibility of me being at the
Olympics in Italy is pretty high." You can find the links
at the top of the article Michelle
Kwan Looks To Her Future — and 2006. Also, starting order
for the ladies short program is out. Michelle skates 9th out
of 21 skaters. Check out the complete
skate order for the short program. Finally, check out
the following pictures of Michelle practicing:
like Michelle has arrived in Atlanta for Nationals! Posted
by Cole on the MK
Oh, and the
best for last...Michelle IS THERE!!!! She has ARRIVED! They
didn't see her, but the there was a lot of talk in the hospitality
room from others about Michelle being there and what not.
Basically she was the talk of the night, haha...and it was
merely because she had arrived...
Also, check out
another good pre Nationals article from the LA Times, titled
Leaves Comfort Zone. A quote from the article:
perform "The Feeling Begins" short program she used last season
and the "Tosca" long program she skated twice this season.
She has practiced a triple flip-triple toe loop combination
and triple salchow-triple toe, as well as an easier triple
toe-triple toe combination. Choreographer Nikolai Morozov
recently helped her polish the programs and made minor changes,
mostly on entrances to jumps and spins, to enhance the flow
of her skating.
are this week! The short program is on Thursday, and the long
program is on Saturday, which will be shown live on TV.
According to the article The
champion: Kwan's résumé almost complete, it looks like
Michelle will be skating to her short program from last year,
The Feeling Begins. Be sure
to check out that article, as well as the article, `It's
just silly skating,' but Kwan can't stop, which you have
to be registered for to read. This article states that Michelle's
sister Karen got married in November! Congrats Karen. There's
also a lot of other interesting quotes in this article, including
the fact that Michelle is working on triple/triples for Worlds.
you missed it, a clip of Michelle at the Walt Disney parade
is available. Check it out (it's
the first link listed.) Huge thanks to MnM for making the
video and to MaryJo for hosting the clip!
was on the Walt
Disney World Christmas Day Parade which aired on Christmas
on ABC. She wasn't at WDW, but was shown in LA outside Disney's
Concert Hall. She talked about the new hall and the LA Philharmonic.
Hopefully a clip of Michelle on the show will be available
Hersh wrote a great new article about Michelle titled New
Coach Helps Energize Kwan. You have to register to read
the article, though, so here are a few highlights.
It discusses how
Michelle chose Rafael Arutunian to be her new coach. As Michelle
stated at Campbells, she was having problems with her skates,
and her choreographer, Nikolai Morozov, told her that Rafael
could help with her boot problems. Rafael then gave Michelle
a few pointers on her actual skating, and after a few sessions,
Michelle asked Rafael to be her coach. They have been working
together since just before Thanksgiving. Michelle is working
with him at Lake Arrowhead, where she used to skate.
Rafael was stunned
when Michelle asked him to coach her, saying, "Anybody would
be surprised. It's Michelle Kwan, right? Everyone wants to
just talk with her, and I'm working with her. I think I am
the luckiest man in the world." About her skating, "Before
I start to work with her, I realize she is good: five-time
world champion is five-time world champion. But when I start
to work with her, I realize she is a genius on ice. She picks
up everything without explanation."
About the change,
Michelle said, "If I look into the future for the  Olympics,
it's like, `OK, if I want to do it, maybe Rafael can take
me all the way.'" According to the article, even
though she won last year, she thought something was lacking,
and she thought Rafael could help push her technically. She
said, "I looked at some videos after last season and
I realized I have been pretty much the same skater for a while.
I think I need to step it up a notch. I had spoken to Rafael
many times before. He has that technical thing about him.
He's just intense. The intensity is hard to keep up with."
Rafael has helped
tweak Tosca, so that there aren't as many "resting spots."
The author of the article said the following about a recent
runthrough of the program:
At a recent
practice, Kwan rolled through her four-minute free skate with
a performance good enough to win another U.S. title. There
was no chance for her to catch her breath in the four minutes,
especially since her trademark spiral sequence has been shortened
and there are more details that demand attention in the spaces
between elements. "You're taking up all my resting spots,"
she teased Arutunian. The resting spots, she knew, were what
judges and critics were complaining about, what she needed
to get past. "I have to push a little more," she said, "and
not say, `This is good enough.' It's going beyond good enough."'
It's a great article,
and you should read it if you can! Rafeal is quoted at the
end of the article as saying, "Nobody can compare to her now.
Nobody. I'm looking forward to the Olympics and try to get
her that medal."
Nationals are only
two weeks away! I think I'm not the only one that can say
I'm more excited than ever to see what happens!
Sunday, December 7, ABC aired a special on the best is sports
in 2003. Michelle was featured! It was a beautiful piece on
Michelle. Have a tissue handy when you watch it! You can download
it from MaryJo's
site. The file is 20MB, but well worth it! I'm going to
try to do a transcript of it, but it may take a while. (Thanks
emilienne and MaryJo!)
can go and vote for Michelle as
the MSNBC/Sporting News Female Athlete of Year!
according to the San
Bernardino County Sun newspaper, Michelle is up for the
Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year award!
Don't forget to
watch the International Figure Skating Challenge today, Saturday
December 13 at 1pm. For more information, check out my TV
competed in the 2003 International Figure Skating Challenge
on Friday, December
5. The skaters used their long programs for this competition.
So, Michelle skated to Tosca.
As always, I won't post the results until it's shown on TV,
which won't be until December 13. Check out the
Competitive Record section to see how Michelle did in
the event. You can also check
out the following articles, reports, and pictures about the
Michelle news. Michelle has changed coaches! She will now
be coached by Rafael Arutunian, a noted jump technician.
She has worked with him in the past (including when she was
working on triple/triple combos, such as the triple lutz/triple
loop in 2001), but now he will be her full time coach. From
the LA Times article, Kwan
Makes Switch to Another Coach:
she'd benefit from intensified training, she sought help two
weeks ago from Arutunian, with whom she'd worked in Olympic
years. Kwan plans to pursue her eighth U.S. title next month
in Atlanta. "He's always interested me because of his different
approach," Kwan said of Arutunian, who formerly coached Sasha
Abt. "He's very aggressive." Kwan said her collaboration with
Williams "worked out perfect for last year," when she had
a light competition schedule, but added, "I need to start
training hard and skate more. I have to keep on pushing myself
and keep moving because the competition is becoming extreme,
with triple-triples and triple axels. I have to keep up with
As you can see
in the above quote, Michelle will be at Nationals! Her first
competition with Rafael will be on Friday, December 5 at the
Figure Skating Challenge. For more information on the
coaching change, check out the following articles:
for Michelle as the 2003 United States Sports Academy
Female Athlete of the Year!
was mentioned on Friends on Thursday, November 20! Ross and
Joey are at a hockey game at Madison Square Garden right by
the boards. Joey says what great seats they are. Ross answers
"I know. When I was here for Holidays on Ice, I was sitting
so far away, Michelle Kwan couldn't read my banner."
Wow! Well, I was actually screaming so loud when they mentioned
Michelle, I didn't catch what they said after that, so thanks
to everyone who filled me in. Even funnier that he mentioned
having a banner for her!
This was the Thanksgiving
episode, which tends to be shown often. When I find out the
episode is being repeated, I'll let you know. Check
out a real video of the mention, courtesy of mkjsdp on
the MK Forum. Michelle has mentioned in the past that she
watches Friends. Imagine her reation! (Thanks mkjsdp!)
information on Michelle's Mickey Mouse statue to help Walt
Disney celebrate Mickey Mouse's 75th anniversary that I wrote
about earlier. Michelle "chose a simple motif with
Mickey holding a heart and peace sign" for her statue,
and named it "Peace & Love." Check out a picture
of her Mickey statue! Very cute, Michelle! You can also
check out pictures of all the other Mickey
The statues were
unveiled on November 18 in Disney World. Some of the 75 celebrities
who designed statues for the celebration included Annette
Funicello, Andre Agassi, Elton John, Tom Hanks, Jamie Lee
Curtis, Ellen DeGeneres, Janet Jackson, Ben Affleck, Doris
Roberts, Regis and Kelly, and Dave Koz. Most of the celebs
entrusted the making of their statues to “Tivoli Too,” the
company that did the actual construction of the majority of
the plaster statues. In 2005, the statues will be auctioned
off for charity of the artist's choice. Michelle chose CMN.
For more information,
check out the following articles:
celebrate Mickey Mouse's 75th anniversary, the Walt Disney
Company has invited 75 of Mickey's closest friends, and biggest
fans, to salute Mickey with a statuesque tribute. Michelle
is one of the celebrites who was asked to contribute to this
exhibit! Her sketch was transformed by Disney's ImaginEARs
into a 6-foot tall, 3-D statue of Mickey Mouse. Other celebrities
participating are Paul Wylie, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dave Koz,
and the cast of the "George Lopez Show." The statues will
be unveiled at Walt Disney World on November 18, 2003, the
date of Mickey's 75th anniversary, as part of a giant celebration.
at Walt Disney World, the statues will travel across the country
and participate in various celebratory events in 10 cities
(announced later this month) between May and August. After
the multi-city tour, the statues will arrive at Disneyland
in 2005 and will be on display as part of Disneyland's 50th
anniversary gala. In early 2005, the statues
will be auctioned off for charity by Sotheby's Auction House
at Disneyland's 50th anniversary gala. Proceeds from the auction
will go to a charity chosen by each statue's "artist."
For more information,
check out the article Michelle
Kwan and Paul Wylie Help Celebrate Mickey's 75th Anniversary
haven't posted in this section of the site since I got back
from my trip to NY (After Campbells, I stayed in NY for a
week.) I did get a chance to update all the other essential
parts of the site, so hopefully you saw that her new long
program is to Tosca, and saw
pictures in my Links to Other
Photo Pages section. I will hopefully get my pictures
up from Campbells soon, though the lighting in the arena was
pretty bad, I have a couple good ones. Campbells aired Sunday,
Oct 19, so writing that Michelle finished second is not a
spoiler anymore. Check out full
results from the USFSA's site. If you missed the broadcast,
or just want a copy of the program on your computer, you can
from MaryJo's site. The clip is encoded by Moyesii and
is about 21MB.
competition that Michelle is confirmed to attend! Michelle
will be skating in the U.S. Figure Skating International Winter
Challenge on Friday, December 5 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
For more information, check out the USFSA
while I was away, it was announced that Michelle will be on
a mobile billboard in Times Square! Of course this wouldn't
happen until after I leave NY! The billboard is for "The
Foundation for a Better Life," in partnership with the
Outdoor Advertising Association of America, and is part of
their Pass It On public service billboard campaign. Others
who have been associated with the campaign are Muhammad Ali,
Wayne Gretzky, and Christopher Reeve. The billboard reads,
"What makes champions? Dedication — Pass It On." Check out
of the billboard. Michelle said, "To be in Times Square
is cool. I was just walking past the Marriott Marquis there
and said to my mom, `Look, I'm going to be on that."'
Also, the campaign
features a billboard in Times Square of Kermit the Frog with
the message "Eats Flies. Dates a Pig. Hollywood star. Live
Your Dreams — Pass It On." (of course, this billboard
was up when I was still in NY, but not the Michelle one! Oh
More info from
and popular national public service campaign partners respected
celebrities, historic legends and everyday heroes to promote
positive values and inspire others to "pass them on." “Figure
skating champion Michelle Kwan and universal icon Kermit the
Frog were selected because we believe there is no generation
more important than the youngest to receive the message that
positive personal values count,” said OAAA President and CEO
Nancy Fletcher. “Michelle Kwan and Kermit the Frog provide
a unique opportunity to inspire young people with great role
models and positive value messages.”
says the following alert for their paper this weekend:
In an 11-year
tradition of naming America's Most Caring Athletes, USA WEEKEND
spotlights Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb
and figure skater Michelle Kwan.
So, in this weekend's
which is found in your Sunday local
newspaper, Michelle should be featured! If they stick
to tradition, that means she should be on the cover of the
magazine. Check out last
year's most caring athletes feature. .
first event of the season (and the only event Michelle has
confirmed to be at) takes place Friday, Oct 3 in NY. I will
be at Campbells. I am actually going to be in NY for a week,
so I won't be able to update the site until then.
Here are some links
where you can find articles and pictures specifically about
Michelle from the event. Warning, these links may contain
posted earlier that Michelle
would be attending the premiere for the movie Cold
Creek Manor on September 17. However, there must have
been a mixup since Michelle did not attend. She did attended
the premiere for the movie Under
The Tuscan Sun on Saturday, September 20 at the El Capitan
Theatre in Hollywood. Check out the following pictures of
Michelle at the premiere:
posted the following on the MK
I got an
advance copy of the US edition of the book "Songbird -- Eva
Cassidy Her Story By Those Who Knew Her." The book has been
slightly expanded from the original UK edition which sold
over 100,000 copies in hardcover. On the last page, it says:
"Michelle Kwan began skating to Eva's version of 'Fields of
Gold.' She performed this program before millions of TV viewers
around the world as her final exhibition performance at the
2002 Olympics. When Champions on Ice came to Baltimore later
in the year, the Cassidys met Michelle and presented her with
a copy of Eva's new Gold Album award for 'Songbird.' Later
the Cassidys heard that Kristi Yamaguchi was skating to Eva's
version of 'Imagine.' Eva might not be on the radio, but clearly
hundreds of thousands of people in public places were hearing
I am disappointed that a photo of Michelle skating was not
used. Nor did the book's authors make use of any of the photos
of Michelle with Eva's parents (you can see them on my website
on this page: ww.evacassidy.org/eva/michellekwan.htm).
But it's a book that Eva fans will want to have, even without
a photo of Michelle!
The book comes
out on September 25. You can order this book from Amazon.com.
ranked 7th in a poll conducted by Sports Business Daily as
female athlete. The top 10 list:
1. Serena Williams,
2. Annika Sorenstam, golf.
3. Mia Hamm, soccer.
4. Venus Williams, tennis.
5. Lisa Leslie, basketball.
6. Anna Kournikova, tennis.
7. Michelle Kwan, figure skating.
8. Marion Jones, track and field.
9. Michelle Wie, golf.
10. Sue Bird, basketball.
will be attending the premiere of the movie Cold
Creek Manor on Wednesday, September 17 at the El Capitan
Theatre in Hollywood . For more information, check out the
on Michelle's appearance at ABC's Primetime Preview Weekend
at Disney's California Adventure on September 6! Michelle
didn't have a Q&A like last
year. This year she was interviewed by several radio stations
(anyone on the west coast here any of these?), hosted one
of the event's reality shows (with the latest Bachelor and
his pick from the show), and appeared in the parade of stars.
Check out Corbon's review on the MK
Forum. Scroll down on that page to read a report from
EL SEGUNDO 909. Check out the following pictures of Michelle
from the event (Thanks Corbon and EL SEGUNDO 909!):
will be at ABC's Primetime Preview Weekend at Disney's California
Adventure, which takes place on September 6 and 7, 2003. Michelle
took part in this event last
year, as well. According to the press
Michelle "will make special appearances at a variety
of locations throughout the park on Saturday, September 6."
The following information is also in the press release:
a special appearance during "ABC Primetime Preview Weekend"
will be Michelle Kwan, the most decorated figure skater in
U.S. history, with seven National Championships, Five World
Championships and two Olympic Medals. Many of her figure-skating
competitions have been covered by "ABC Wide World of Sports,"
and Kwan will represent the popular sports show as she appears
in the "ABC Primetime Parade of Stars" and signs autographs
for fans at the park on September 6. "I had the best time
at last year's ABC Primetime Preview Weekend and I'm sure
that this one will be fantastic as well," Kwan noted. "It's
pretty cool to be able to see the stars of the shows up close
and get a sneak preview of what will be happening on the shows
this coming season. I know the fans are going to love it."
were able to attend last
year, and a few are planning on attending this year, too.
I'll post full reports from those attending (who will hopefully
be taking lots of pictures and maybe video!) here on Sunday.
friend was able to send her video of Michelle skating during
her Hong Kong visit. Hopefully
luenatic will be able to post the video soon. Here's what
she said about what Michelle skated to (Thanks luenatic!):
did perform 2 numbers. The first one was "Falling". But the
second one was not really a complete program. It's more like
the COI closing number sort of thing. The lyrics to the music
was "Simply the best..." She came out and did a GREAT split
falling leaf, hydro blading, Y-spin and finished it with a
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