OK. She has won...this woman has won an unprecedented 24 championships,
and her awards include 2 World Championships, 3 National, and an
Olympic figure skating medal. Letís watch her in action.
(A clip of her skating
with Elvis to ďIíve put a spell on youĒ in her Disney special
is shown. The audience cheers loudly.)
DO: Thatís great.
I love that. Will you please welcome Michelle Kwan!
Audience again cheers
loudly. Michelle comes out, waving,
wearing a simple, black, sleeveless dress, with her lucky necklace.
Marieís hand, and hugs her.
Itís good to see you again! Iím so excited to have you here.
(He hugs her warmly) How are you doing?
MK: Iím good!
DO: Itís good
to see you again.
MO: Itís so great
to see you. (Audience it still cheering.)
We love you Michelle!!
MK: (With a
touched look on her face) Thank you. (She waves again.)
DO: Itís good
to see you again.
MK: You too. (To
Marie, who is pregnant) Congratulations.
MO: Thank you
MK: I canít see
MO: Oh yes you
DO: See, youíre
hiding it well.
MO: Well, thatís
the key word, hiding it. (They all laugh.) How fun. Itís
so great. So, you did your special, and youíre back. Was it fun
doing the show?
MK: It was so
DO: You had attitude
in that piece, baby.
MK: Oh yea. Did
you see Elvis? He was wearing all that shiny... (She laughs.)
MO: Who else in
is the show with you?
MK: Itís Oksana
Baiul and Ilia Kulik.
MO: Ilia, heís
MK: Theyíre all
DO: Uh, last time,
since we talked, I found out that youíre having a little bit of
trouble, or a little bit of a problem, trying to decide which college
to go to.
MK: (She shakes
her head.) Yea.
DO: Have you decided
MK: Well, Iíve
applied to many schools. Iíve applied to UCLA, Stanford, and Harvard,
some of the UC schools, but I havenít heard anything from them yet.
Iíll have to wait a couple weeks.
MO: You know what,
though, are you excited to go to college?
MO: Itís gotta
be... I remember the I first time I went to college. It was like,
wow, new things.
MO: Wow, real
MK: (She laughs.)
MO: Yea, itís
going to be fun.
DO: We knew you
were going to be torn between all these, all these colleges. What
we did is got you a little present, to help you decide...
MO: To help you
decide what school to go to.
her a basket with stuff from different colleges. The audience
cheers. Michelle laughs.
DO: So, we got
you a basket full of goodies.
MK: How sweet!
MO: Now, see,
the thing is, (Michelle pulls out a huge coffee cup.), the
thing with all these schools, UCLA has the beach bums.
to the UCLA thing in the basket.) Youíve got UCLA. (Audience
Stanford has bohemians, and Harvard has glasses and brains. So,
which do you like the best?
MK: Oh, I donít
know. (Holds up the Harvard coffee cup and laughs.) But,
I think Iíd need a lot of coffee for this.
DO: Harvard! Sheís
going to Harvard! (They all laugh and applaud.)
MK: Thatís sweet,
MO: So now that
you, do you have time for a boyfriend? I know youíve been so busy.
MK: No boyfriend.
DO: None at all?
Male audience members
cheer loudly. Michelle laughs.
DO: All the guys
love to hear that.
MO: Are you going
to try to make time, and have a social life?
MK: If I find
somebody, yes I will, Iíll probably make time for it.
Male audience members
cheer even more loudly, one screams out ďall right!Ē.
DO: Wonít that
be difficult with your skating though? Itís going to take time away
from your skating.
MK: Well, you
need to have a life, too. You canít just focus on skating, and nothing
MO: All those
guys went (whispering) ďyes, yes.Ē (Audience applauds,
and they laugh.) You have been so focused most of your life.
I mean from the time when you were little. Youíve traveled your
whole life. Youíve done so many different kinds of trips. What was
your favorite trip that you did?
MK: I took a vacation
with my whole family to Hawaii. And, I didnít bring my skates. Just,
went on the beach. For the whole two weeks, we had the best time.
We did a lot of dangerous things, like scuba diving, para sailing,
things I probably shouldnít have done, but...
MO: Thatís great.
DO: Yea, yea.
MK: Oh well.
MO: You know what
DO: Did you find
the toilet bowl?
MK: The toilet
DO: You havenít
heard about the toilet bowl in Hawaii?
MK: Oh, it...
MO: The thing
that sucks you down.
DO: It sucks you
in then pushes you up.
MO: It pops you
MK: (she laughs)
Probably...I probably kept going down.
DO: I guess that
probably sounded kind of weird for those of you who donít know what
the toilet bowl is. (They laugh) Youíve gotta go to the toilet
MK: OK, next time.
DO: In Hawaii,
MO: Thatís Donnyís
MK: Iím going
to get flushed down!
you get flushed down, then pushed back up. Itís a fun place.
MO: Itís, itís
MK: Iím scared
of water though.
DO: Are you really?
MK: I was scuba
diving one time, and I was like (she makes gasping noises),
I was getting a little scared. And I had to go up because...
DO: Yea. Well,
scuba divingís fun.
MO: Now, you,
I have to tell you I watched your special, and it was wonderful.
What great skating.
DO: Great show.
MO: And you know
what? The clothes are OK. But your clothes are beautiful. Did you
have a different designer?
MK: I had...
MO: Your own designer?
MK: I have a lot
of people that help me with my costumes.
MO: Your clothes
are beautiful in this special.
MK: Scott Lane
helped me on the special.
MO: And also,
your sister skated.
MK: Yes, you can
tell which one she is because sheís the tall one. The tall skater.
The tall skinny skater.
DO: Is she in
this clip that weíre going to see?
MK: Oh I donít
DO: Letís watch
it and see. A clip from the show.
A clip of her skating
to Under the Sea from the special is shown. After, the audience
applauds, and Michelle laughs.
DO: Why are you
MK: I had to learn
how to fly that day.
MO: That day?
MK: They had the
DO: Was it scary?
MK: Oh! My sister
was so scared that I was going to fall. Every time I was flying,
she was like (she puts her hands up, like her sister trying to
MO: What is her
MK: ďDonít fall!Ē
MO: What is her
name, your sister?
DO: And she was
there skating underneath you.
MK: Yea, she was
the seaweed. (She puts her hands up, and wiggles her body, like
her sister had to do.)
DO: She was the
seaweed. . (They all laugh as again.) You were the star,
she was the seaweed, I wonder how she felt about that.
MO: Is she younger,
MO: Sheís older.
But, I love the whole thing. I mean, the whole special was fun and
exciting. Skating is so beautiful anyway, but I mean you really
did a great job.
DO: Do you have
a... (Audience cheers.) By the way, the special is out tonight.
ABC, 8 oíclock.
DO: You going
to take some time off now that the show is done?
MK: No, I have
to train for the World Championships in Helsinki. (Audience cheers
MO: Are you excited?
MK: Iím very excited.
MO: Cause, you
know what? You just love skating out there on the ice.
Iím at home training, and itís like, OK, Iím ready to go, letís
go, letís go! OK, come on! And then you still have to wait another
week before you leave.
MK: Once youíre
there, itís like, Iím ready, Iím ready, come on, letís go.
DO: Well, good
luck with the special tonight.
MO: We wish you
all the luck.
DO: Good luck
with the Championships coming up.
MK: Thank you.
DO: And good luck
with choosing a college to go to. Michelle Kwan!
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