Michelle has been busy since winning the silver medal at the Olympics
in Nagano, Japan last February. Just a month ago she won the World
championships. Now she is on a 59 city Champions on Ice tour - 59
cities! And tomorrow night she's going to be performing here in
New York skating to music from Mulan. It's a new movie by Disney
which opens next month. Disney, of course, is the parent company
of ABC, I should hasten to add. And Michelle Kwan joins us now.
KN: Good morning,
how are you?
Good morning! I'm doing fine.
KN: Now Mulan
is an animated feature, I gather, because I haven't seen it, about
a coming of age story of a Chinese girl. Did you know this story
MK: Well, growing
up my parents had told me about the story and what it was about,
and I could only imagine what it was about in my head. I could imagine
pictures, and for Disney to make it, I was so curious. I was like,
how are they going to do this?
KN: And you got
to see the movie?
KN: And you got
to hear the music?
MK: I heard everything,
and I was like, this is going to be great to skate to, can I skate
to it? (laughing)
KN: You asked
MK: Well, I was
very interested, definitely. The music, it really reflects how I
feel sometimes and it's really, really beautiful, and something
I can skate to and enjoy.
video of Michelle in practice rink) This is you practicing to
Reflections, I guess - a little sneak peek here.
MK: Yeah. This
is what I'm going to do in Madison Square Garden tomorrow, the first
time I'll debut the program, so..
KN: Sounds beautiful
- looks beautiful.
MK: Thank you.
I don't have the costume on, so it doesn't make the whole effect.
KN: That's something!
So, you're doing this, you're touring 59 cities, you've got a development
deal I guess with Disney and ABC. How do you remain an amateur?
Because you want to compete in the 2002 Olympics, and if you're
doing these other things, how do you maintain your amateur status?
MK: Well, you
maintain your amateur status by the ISU sanctions the exhibitions
or the competitions you're doing.
KN: So they have
to approve everything you do?
KN: And say, "this
is okay to do because, you know, it doesn't affect your amateur
MK: Yeah. That's
how it goes, you just have to - they have to approve this.
KN: Now, for all
you're doing, I mean, you're also a high school student. You have
exams coming up.
MK: Yep. (laughing)
KN: How do you
MK: I don't know.
Just one thing at a time - that's what I always say.
KN: One thing
at a time.
MK: One thing
at a time. In everything you do.
KN: Do you have
a date for the high school prom?
MK: No, can you
be my date? (laughing)
KN: I'd be happy
to be your date! Absolutely! But are you going to go? I mean, can
MK: No, not really.
I've been on tour, Champions on Ice, and I have the Goodwill Games
right after in New York City, so I'm going to be on the go for quite
KN: You sad about
that? You going to miss that part of high school?
MK: Oh, yeah,
I miss it sometimes, I think about school and how it feels to be
a normal student, but I have a great life, you know. I enjoy skating
and traveling around the world, and just having a ball.
KN: All right,
which university is going to get you next year?
MK: Oooo, I don't
know! (laughing) I haven't even thought of what school I'm
going to go to - it's such a big choice.
KN: It is.
MK: Big decision.
And, one thing at a time, right?
KN: One thing
at a time, exactly! When it comes in, you'll go "a, b, c". Michelle,
congratulations and good luck on the special.
KN: And we'll
be back in a second. Of course, you can see Michelle Kwan in Reflections
on Ice, that's Tuesday, June 16th, mark it on your calendar,
here on ABC. One thing at a time. We'll be back in a second.
for this transcript!
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