the interview, around 8 am, they talked about who would be on the
And National Champion Michelle Kwan did it again. (A clip of
Michelle at Nationals is shown while they are talking.) She
dusted herself off after her loss at the Olympics. And coming back
with a vengeance…and with a triple salchow.
Oh, you don't! That was totally a triple axel. Please!
DS: Oh, I'm sorry.
I don't know! (note from Heather: it was a triple loop.)
RR: But she won
her seventh national title, sixth in a row.
DS: Isn't she
gorgeous? She's great.
RR: And she'll
be with us live here this morning.
at 8:13 am--
DS: When we return,
among other things, the unstoppable Michelle Kwan. (Woman on
the end of the panel cheers, pumps her fists, and says "yay!"
Robin Roberts says to her "yea, she's great." Then, as
they go to commercial, they show Michelle going into her end pose
at 8:23 am--
RR: Oh, Michelle
Kwan (crowd is loudly cheering) the place is going wild!
Oh, my goodness.
DS: I'm Diane
Sawyer. Welcome back again.
RR: I'm Robin
Roberts. Charles Gibson is away. But who is here? The comeback kid
(Diane laughs) Michelle Kwan. (crowd cheers loudly. They
show Michelle sitting, and she
waves) Oh, the Olympics, the Olympics did not turn out the
way that she would have liked, but she picked herself back up, as
true champions do. Her sixth consecutive National title over the
weekend. (A clip of Michelle at Nationals is shown.) Now,
what's this, because we've been debating about this. Is this is
a triple salchow, uh, axel? (A clip of her triple loop at Nationals
Triple loop. (Note from Heather: That's what I told them, LOL!)
RR: Triple loop,
Diane! Triple loop.
DS: The way you
hassle me, you didn't know either! I just defer to you on everything.
She's going to be here to talk about her comeback at Nationals this
finally, at 8:33 am, the interview--
RR: She's ba-a-ck.
Michelle Kwan faced off against the woman who spoiled her dreams
of Olympic gold a year ago. And this time, Michelle took home the
gold. The most decorated figure skater in US history, ladies and
gentlemen, please welcome Michelle Kwan. (Crowd cheers loudly.
Michelle laughs.) It's so good to see you.
is wearing a whiteish/cream colored jacket over a beige top.
She is also wearing jeans, and tan colored heals. Her hair is down.
She looks radiant.) Good to see you, too. Thank you. (Laughs)
RR: You know,
I, I read something here, you, they just really supported you. Your
fans, I mean, we saw that in Dallas. They're, they're just throwing
stuffed animals on the ice and flowers, and the, the support that
you're, you're receiving here in New York. Did that really sustain
she's talking, a clip of her ending Aranjuez, as well as the response
from the crowed, at Nationals is shown.)It's an overwhelming
feeling. I, when I was at Nationals in Dallas, the applause was
so loud when they announced my name that I had to composed myself
for two minutes before I had to, before I started my position, because,
it's like, OK, just focus. I know what I've got to do. I've got
six triples to do, so concentrate. (Laughs)
RR: And you went
out, and it was a magical night for you. And the last time that
many people had seen you was, of course, in Salt Lake where it didn't
turn out the way that you wanted (Michelle shakes her head),
and young Sarah Hughes comes from fourth. She was there in Dallas,
as well. (This
picture of the Olympics podium is shown.) So it was, it
was wonderful. The same Olympic team, the three of you. And, um,
to be there and to compete against Sarah, and for the results to
be different this time must have been gratifying.
MK: Well, last
year was definitely, uh -- a long season. Some ups, some down. Nationals
was great. Olympics, uh, it's just (snaps fingers), you know,
it's one of those things that you, you can't take back, but you
have a great experience. And this year coming into this season,
I had no expectations (shrugs shoulders). I just wanted to
go out there and skate my heart out. And I felt free and so
clip of Michelle skating to Aranjuez at Nationals is shown.) The
arena was just, it was…I, I don't know. It's, I'm still on cloud
nine right now.
RR: You said you
felt, you, you said that you felt on fire. That you just, you…is
it just a feeling that you know that you're on -- in both programs?
MK: In both programs,
the short and long. I felt like, oh I could keep on going. Let's
keep on going. The audience was into it. And the music stopped,
I'm like (gasps) -- I just froze. I was, like, my, the energy
from my hands, from my, it just, it, it was pouring out, and I was
overwhelmed with just emotions. (Clip of Aranjuez ends.)
I worked really hard, you know. Lots of people have supported me.
(Another clip of Aranjuez at Nationals is shown.) The fans,
my family, my friends and just support me in any decision I made,
just to stay in, competing or to go on to school. It was just -
RR: I love what
you said. It's like people, you said it's not like I was sitting
around on the couch eating, potato chips all this time since the
Olympics. You actually were out working. You weren't just sitting
down. You were getting back. But, Michelle, there's so many of us
that have faced similar disappointments like you, and we find it
so difficult to pick ourselves back up and to get back out in the
arena. Whatever our, whatever that we're going for. How did you…where
did you find that to come back again?
MK: Well, I've
been very fortunate, um, through my skating career that I've been
able to have ups and downs, you know. I've had a long, long great
career. And I realize that it's a sport. I'm here to have fun. And
as I've gotten older, I realized that. You know, that the upsets
aren't that bad. (Clip of Aranjuez ends.) You know, and you
do have to pick yourself back up, and find inspiration, get motivated.
And I've been able to do that because of my family and my friends
and the fans out there that keep on cheering me on (smiling).
And, you know, it's, it's not so much the medals, it's…
RR: Which you
have plenty of. (Michelle laughs) Well, I mean, let's face
it. You have seven national championships, you have four world titles,
you have two Olympic medals, a bronze and a silver. And at age 22,
you're eligible for, social security (Michelle laughs) as,
you know, in skating, you know. But, yet you, you still stay there.
So now, Worlds, that's your next…
MK: Well, there's
another competition, the Grand Prix Final, that, um, is in St. Petersburg.
So, I…I, it's either (clasps hands), I've got a few options,
RR: Are you gonna
come back for another Olympic games?
almost with a twinkle in her eye) Maybe.
MK: Maybe! (Laughs)
RR: All right.
MK: Stay tuned.
RR: OK. Always
a gracious champion. We appreciate your time. And congratulations.
MK: Thank you.
RR: You're always
so elegant. All right. Michelle Kwan.
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