The announcer introduced Michelle by saying how her popularity has
not waned since the Olympics, that she has since won the World championships
and had recently starred in her own prime time TV special. Then they
cut over to a shot of Michelle doing her spiral in "Winter".
Voice Over: You
have watched her grace and beauty. The way it looks as if she floats
atop the ice, yet this 2 time world champion is still so young she's
not even a high school graduate.
Hopefully after, uhm, I finish tour, I'll be completely done with
high school, and then I'll look forward to college and do other
things, but for right now I'm on Champions On Ice, uhm, touring
around America, after tour I've got the Goodwill Games in New York
City, and after that I've got vacation...
VO: But Kwan can't
take too much time to relax, she has a very big decision ahead of
MK: Well, my dream
is to go to Harvard in Boston but, who knows what I'm gonna decide,
uhm, hopefully I'll go to school next year, and I'm able to juggle
school and skating at the same time. If I go to Boston I don't know
how it's going to work out with my coach, my family...my sister
goes to Boston Univ so I'll be seeing a lot of her if I move to
Boston but, we still haven't decided. (Shots of Michelle w/ Karen
and their parents).
VO: Kwan's dream
of attending Harvard is surpassed only by her dream of Olympic Gold.
MK: I've been
skating since I was 5 and my Olympic dreams was..started happening
when I was 7 or 8 when I first watched the Olympics in 88, and right
then when I watched the Calgary Olympics I said, OK, I've got to
go to the Olympics, so then I just looked forward and set little
goals, and slowly, you know, 10 years after, I was at the Olympics.
(Shot of Michelle doing her spiral in Taj Mahal)
It's been such a wonderful
experience, uhm, if I had to do it over, I would do it over in 2
seconds, I wouldn't even think about it. Just growing up, as I started
skating, it was always a dream to make the Olympic team, to make
the World team, and you know, alot of my dreams have come true,
and I'm really...I'm really happy, just really proud of myself for
accomplishing so much. (Shot of Michelle doing her 3 lutz-2toe
in Skate America, Lyra Angelica)
VO: Even with
all her accomplishments, Kwan has much more left in her agenda before
giving up her amateur status.
MK: I haven't
been interested in turning professional. I have a lot of things
that I want to do before turning pro, uhm, the amateur status I
think is very important to me because I like competing, uhm, I like
how you feel when you compete, you know, at the Worlds, the
Olympics, the Nationals, and it's something I love doing, so why
VO: Michelle has
always known that she would succeed at skating, but she just can't
quite believe that at age 17, it's already happened.
MK: You know,
I've always had a mindset that I would accomplish all these but
never...never imagining it happening. You know, I sit in this position
right now, in all of what I've done, you know, I still can't believe,
I can't...I can't even understand what I've gone through, you know,
been to the Olympics, been to the Worlds, you know, 2 time World
Champion, it's like, God, I'm the luckiest person alive ! (Shots
of Michelle in Salome and Taj Mahal).
Michelle had on a light
blue top and wore her hair down for the interview. She looked beautiful,
radiant and relaxed.
thanks to Melrosep for this transcript!
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