Michelle had an online
chat on ESPN/ABCsports.com prior to ABC's airing of Wide World of
Sports 40th Anniversary Special later that day. The chat was pretty
short, lasting less than thirty minutes.
Michelle is running a couple of minutes late. She'll be joining
us shortly. Thanks.
Hi everyone, I'm here and ready for your questions.
What sort of excercise and healthy eating routine to you stick with
to stay in such fantastic shape...especially over the summer?
I like to run. I run about three miles three days a week. I also
skate all summer. My eating habits are usually the same. I eat a
lot of fruits and vegetables and drinks lots of water. My weakness
is candy, su everything in proportion.
My question is, Will you train a few months prior to the Olympics
at a rink at a higher altitude to adjust to the high altitude in
I usually train up at Lake Arrowhead on the weekends, where the
altitude is about 5,500 feet. So I will be doing high-altitude training.
I used to live up there, so I'm used to the altitude.
We know your father played an important role in your skating career.
What role did your mother played in your success? And how much influence
they had in your decision of going to college?
My parents have always believed in education, because skating will
only take me so far in my life. Education will help me appreciate
things beyond the norm.
My mom is different
in helping me. She helps me a lot mentally, and has been very supportive.
She actually doesn't understand the jumps in the skating, but she
understands the mood of skating, and can read my body very well.
I just wanted to know how you are enjoying UCLA and ask what you
are studying there and what you would like to do when you are done
figure skating? Thanks.
I love UCLA. It's a lot of fun. It keeps me very busy during the
season, and it's also a great distraction. It's hard to think about
skating 24 hours a day. I'm meeting a lot of fun and interesting
I haven't really decided
on a major yet. I'm still undecided. There are so many opportunities
that have been opened to me through skating, and I'd like to try
everything out: commentating would be fun.
Much of your success has come on Wide World of Sports. How difficult
is it to perform at such a high level on that grand a stage?
You don't think about it at the time. You realize there are thousands
of people watching you in the stands, but not millions of people
on TV. After performing for so many years, you get used to it.
We hear Brian Boitano is retiring from the Champions On Ice tour.
Tell us about touring with Brian.
Touring with Brian has been a blast. Last night we had a presentation
for him at the end of the San Jose show. It was sad, because I've
toured with him for so many years. He's been an inspiration and
a mentor, and I'm glad to say he's a close friend.
Touring brings people brings people very close together, and I've
gotten to know him real well. I never dreamed I'd become friends
with my role model, but here I am, sharing the same ice with him,
and it's been great.
The media have placed you as one of the sport's all-time greats,
and rightfully so. Do you consider yourself to be on par with people
like Peggy Fleming and Dorothy Hamill?
It's hard for me to compare myself with them, because they're such
legends in figure skating. I hope one day that I'll be part of that
elite group. Right now, it's amazing for me to do the things I've
been able to do in skating. And hopefully I can continue to push
the envelope further to where I've gone.
Michelle, so many of us have been watching you skate since you were
12! Now you are almost 21. What do you think is the most important
thing that you have learned during all these years in the public
eye of the sport?
There are so many things I've learned, growing up in front of an
audience and in front of people. One thing I've learned from the
beginning was to be myself.
I've had so many ups
and downs in my career, call it growing pains. I've had a wonderful,
supporting family. I've learned to keep fighting, because I realize
that I'm only in a sport, and that's all it is. I'm supposed to
enjoy myself, and I do.
Michelle Kwan: Hope you all keep watching my skating, and
that you'll be rooting for me at the Olympics in 2002.
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