Jim Lampley: Meanwhile,
hereís a beauty shot. Sheíll take to the Goodwill ice in 9 days.
Two time World champion Michelle Kwan joins us live from California,
JL: Bringing you
live now, once again, Michelle Kwan from her home in Lake Arrowhead,
California. Michelle will be competing here in figure skating at
the Goodwill Games in 9 days. Michelle, after your silver medal
winning performance at the Olympics, you went to Minnesota and won
the World Championship, a lot of the other top skaters skipped that
competition. The bottom line is, you havenít had a break for about
a year. How are you keeping your competitive fires going?
(Michelleís hair is shoulder length. She is sitting in front
of the rink. She is wearing a black top under a striped shirt.)
Well, in the beginning of the season, I decided, you know,
I want to be at the World Championships, I want to be at the Goodwill
Games after the Olympics, and I just really had a mind set to go
in and compete. So, Iím really excited, and I canít wait to be there
and do my Olympic programs.
JL: Your silver
medal at the Goodwill Games in 1994 was regarded at that moment
as a milestone in your developing career. Does it seem now like
a thousand years ago?
MK: Um, not really.
Four years ago, it just went by (She snaps her fingers) went
by so quickly. And, I had a lot of fun that year. St. Petersburg
Russia, that was where the Goodwill Games was in 1994. And it was
a huge milestone in, in my career because it was the first time
Iíve ever beaten anyone in the international rank. And, it just
gave me motivation to do better in 95.
JL: Um, you pleased
a lot of people after the Olympics by stating clearly that it was
your plan to remain eligible for Salt Lake City and stay in the
sport for another 4 years. Holding firm to that decision?
MK: Um, well,
I think 2002 is, um, a great idea to compete at. Itís in Salt Lake
City, right in our back yard. And, I think Iíll be young. Iíll be
21. And, just really excited because itís in my hometown, you know.
Not my hometown, my (she makes a grand gesture with her hands)
in our country, so, it will be great.
JL: Yea, itís
a home area for a lot of us who live in the Western United States.
Youíve been battling a toe injury. How is it?
MK: Itís doing
pretty well. I havenít had trouble in the summer. Itís just finally
getting better. Iíll be fine at Goodwill Games.
JL: And a thumbnail
sketch of the competition here as you see it?
MK: Um, (She
holds her earpiece meaning she canít hear) sorry, I couldnít
JL: Well, what
do you know about who else is competing against here, and your thoughts
on how the competition is going to go.
MK: Um, well,
I heard thereís a lot of great competitors. People from Russia,
the United States, um, from different countries. And, Iím looking
forward to competing against them. Weíll see how it goes. The competitors
that will be competing there will be at all the competitions next
JL: You like New
MK: I love New
York. The shoppingís great. The people are great. And itís a fun
city. Iíll be there in a couple of days, so Iíll see you. (She
waves at the camera.)
JL: All right.
Michelle, thank you so much for your time. Once again, weíll look
forward to seeing you here in Gothem in 9 days, and look forward
to seeing your skating. One of the most graceful presences in American
athletics, Michelle Kwan.
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