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Announcer: "She carries America's Olympic dreams, but coming
back from a new injury could be Michelle Kwan's toughest test. Right
now, she is supposed to be tuning up for the Winter Olympics in
Japan. But instead, Michelle finds herself in a familiar position
riding an emotional and physical roller coaster."
Michelle Kwan: "In my 17 years, I've gone through a lot
of ups and downs."
A: "But Michelle's latest challenge puts her Olympic hopes
Debbie Becker (a writer for the USA Today Paper) speaks about her
A: "Debbie Becker has been in touch with Michelle and her coach.
She says that Michelle originally injured her toe in August, but
kept quiet about it until she aggravated it 2 weeks ago in this
performance [a picture of Michelle from Skate Canada is shown] at
DB: "She has a small cast on her left foot, and is not going
on the ice at all."
A: "Doctors told Kwan to rest for about 10-14 days, or risk
breaking the bone. It's forced her to drop out of a major competition
later this month in Japan. With just 7 weeks until the US Nationals,
and the Olympics shortly thereafter, Kwan is losing crucial training
Dr. Edward Castner (sports psychiatrist): "It's a major loss.
She going to experience sense of depression for everything that
she's worked for. Obviously, this throws a monkey wrench into the
A: "Dr. Edward Castner says that the stress fracture in her
toe may seem like a minor injury, but it could devastate her mental
Dr: "The most positive thing she can do is say I've worked,
this is almost like an act of God, and I had no control over it.
But, it doesn't mean my chances, my career is gone."
A: "Michelle Kwan has never been a quitter, though she admits
the last year has been a challenge. Her body changed dramatically,
maturing, and adding pounds to her 5'2" frame. She had to cope with
her friend Scott Hamilton, who battled with cancer, and she lost
her US and World titles to her archrival, Tara Lipinski. But, Michelle
has battled back in recent competitions with flawless performances,
like this one, like this one featured on the December 12 USA network
special [tape of Michelle skating to Winter at Skating Romance 3.]
She has reemerged as the favorite for gold in Nagano. Now, the question,
will the injured toe derail her comeback, and give Tara the edge?"
DB: "Tara and she are having a great rivalry. It's believed
one or the other will win the gold medal. So, this may open a little
bit of the door."
A: "But Kwan's coach says she's upbeat, taking the situation
in stride. And as Michelle told Extra in a recent interview, she
doesn't plan to let anything come between her, and the Olympic gold."
MK: "If I set a goal, I'll give my life to achieve it. I guess
I'm very determined in whatever I do."
A: "Well, Michelle's coach says that Michelle is doing a lot
of aerobic training off the ice to keep in shape. And, he insists
she will be back in top form for the National Championships on January
At the end of the show, they showed her skating to Winter
from Skating Romance 3.