She won an unprecedented 28 perfect marks in her ice skating career.
DO: And all by
the age of 18. Would you please welcome World Figure Skating Champion
Michelle comes out
waving to thunderous applause. She is wearing a green pantsuit with
a white top.
hugging Michelle) How are you?
how are you?
MO: Iím fine.
hugging Michelle) Nice to see you again! How are you doing?
MK: (Has to
yell over the audienceís applause.) Iím doing very well. (Waves
again to the audience.)
Michelle blows a kiss
to the audience. The audience doesnít stop screaming.
DO: They love
you! (Michelle laughs.)
MO: Yea, they
love you Michelle.
MK: Thatís so
MO: Itís so great
to have you here.
MO: We have a
lot in common. Besides the fact that we used to ice skate when we
were kids. (Smiles, laughs.) But, uh, Champions Across America.
MK: Yep. CMN!
MO: Thatís right,
Childrenís Miracle Network. And, what we do is we will get together
and we will get, uh..
MO: ...a great
kid from every state, the 50 states, cancer, whatever it might be,
and we take them to Washington DC, meet the president, and then
onto the broadcast for CMN. So...
MO: ...weíll be
seeing you again really, really soon.
DO: I remember
going over to CBS when you were taping your, uh...
MK: Mulan special!
DO: Mulan special.
And I was in Mulan. I did some of the music for that. (Audience
screams and applauds, and Michelle claps.) But you, I got to
tell you. You know, you make it look so easy.
MK: Oh, thank
DO: Did you enjoy
skating to that music?
MK: Oh, it was
so much fun! We had so much fun taping the TV special for Mulan.
And when you were there, when you showed up I was so nervous.
DO: Oh, come on.
MK: I was like
MO: Did you skate
to his song, ďLetís get down to business?Ē
MK: No, Philippe
Candeloro did. I didnít have a chance to. But maybe... (She points.)
See, this new thing that Iím doing...Iím celebrating the 75th anniversary
And audience member
screams ďYea!Ē Michelle laughs, rest of audience screams.
MK: The great
is...(stops while audience calms down.) The great thing is
the people can participate in the TV special by going online, um,
MK: And they can
vote on the best, their favorite Disney song.
youíve got to vote, youíve got to vote.
MK: (At the
same time Donny was speaking) Everybody has to vote. (points
DO: Youíve got
to vote...ĒLetís get down to Business.Ē
DO: Youíve got
to skate. I would love to see you skate to that.
MK: I know! Iíll
skate to the number one song. (Pointing towards the audience.)
So all of you out there, vote for him!
audience is clapping) I would love that! I would love that.
would feel like they didnít get...We have to watch you skate. We
have a clip. We have to see this.
DO: Art in motion.
Watch this. (Michelle ducks her head)
(A clip of Michelle
skating to ďReflectionĒ during her Mulan special is shown. Audience
see that, it looks effortless. What do you think about, personally?
What goes through your mind when you skate?
MK: Know the...think...the...(at
a loss for words.) The weirdest pops up to head, you know? Sometimes
Iíll be going up into a jump, and Iíll think of a pink elephant,
or something, and Iím like, What am I doing? Concentrate! Focus!
I just, the next thing, just what I have to think about. Do the
jump. To prepare for every element (Bangs her hands together)
. The spins, the artistic, the skating. The main thing is to enjoy
yourself when you are out there.
DO: Do you have
any idea how many skaters out there are now going to be thinking
about pink elephants before they jump?
MK: No, donít
think about pink elephants! (Laughs)
MO: Did you always
want to skate?
MK: Yea. When
I was 7 years old, I watched the Ď88 Olympics, and right from that
moment, I knew I wanted to go to the Olympics.
MO: But, you know,
you look at...because you were a child, and you were so young. There
are parents out there that say did you loose your childhood. Do
you regret any of that?
MK: What is a
normal childhood anyway?
MO: Well, thatís...
MK: You had a
normal childhood. (Laughs)
Oh yea, really normal.
DO: Well, it depends
on what your childhood is like. You know, yours was skating.
MK: My dream was
to be a figure skater, and go to the Olympics. And travel around
the world. And Iíve been lucky enough to be able to do that.
MK: And so I feel,
I canít change my life. Itís so perfect the way it is. Thank God.
DO: And you make
so many people happy with your skating.
DO: You know.
Congratulations on everything youíve done.
MK: Thank you.
again, and the following is hard to hear.)
MO: You a great
example to so many people. (Marie shakes Michelleís hands.)
DO: It was great
to have you here.
MO and DO: Michelle
Kwan! (Donny shakes her hand. Then, Michelle waves to the audience.)
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