Illustrated" has called my next guest the top female skater
in the world. She recently won a silver medal at the World Skating
Championships. And on April 16th in Baltimore she begins a national
tour. We saw her doing a triple spin earlier (Jay was refering
to the jumps but calling them spins) Let's take a look. Let's
see it again. (A clip from the Ultimate 4 Championship from Pocohontas
doing a triple toe is shown.) Oh look at that. Please welcome
Michelle walks out with a huge smile and waving enthusiastically.
She's wearing all black with a black jacket with a belt around her
jacket and black slacks. Her hair is half way pulled back in a pony
Halle Berry and Michelle Kwan: Hi, nice to meet you. (They
JL: Have a seat.
MK: Kevin just harassed me. (Kevin Eubanks laughs and
throws up his hands.)
JL: Kevin harassed you too? (Jay and audience laughs,
I think Halle Berry said the same thing when she came out.)
MK: Yeah, April Fools.
JL: Oh man. It's good to see you. You know figure skaters when
I see you guys it looks so intense And you seem relax. Are you relaxed
MK: No, not really.
JL: Is this more nerve wracking?
MK: Yes, it is.
JL: No is this more nervous? Is this more nerve wracking than skating?
MK: I think so. You can't control anything. You might trip
over something. Trip over a cord. "Oh there's Michelle. Kltuz."
JL: Really? Is that how you really feel? It seems like this would
be the easiest thing after being on the Olympics spinning around
doing all these things. No?
MK: (shakes head no)
JL: wow, that...
MK: No, never get over nerves.
JL: Well I must say that you certainly brought class back
to this sport. It's always been a classy sport. Then you had Tonya
bopping people on the knee thing. Well you know. (audience laughs)
no no no. Well like you and Tara - how do you say her name?
JL: Lipinksi. Now you guys have a very intense rivalry but I mean
you're...I was almost going to say gentlemen. But that's the wrong
word isn't it? Sportsman. I mean what's the word I want? You're
competitors but your classy.
MK: Well we respect each other. I mean we know what we're
aiming for and we kind of just look foward to the Olympic Games.
JL: Right, that's what I'm trying to say.
MK: Well sometimes we fight though. (punch the air)
ughh. There you go.
JL: Do you fight yeah?
MK: In the locker room, "I hope you fall". (laughing)
JL: Do you do that? Do you do that? (Michelle laughs
and shakes head no.) Have you ever done that? Do you have the
little ice dolls you stick the little pins in? Well let me ask you
now. I know you've taken a couple spills recently. How does that
work in terms of. How do you come out of that?
MK: I just sometimes have to hit myself in the head (hits
her head) and go "what am I doing? What am I doing?".
And just kind of say "Get back to it. ok. let's go. come on."
(snaps her finger as she's talking.)
JL: Is it all just focus? Is that what it is?
MK: yeah. It's just going for that jump and just attacking.
JL: I mean when you do fall. Is it because you're not concentrating?
I mean is that the reason? Is it a mental thing that you fall? I
MK: I mean at Nationals and the Championship Series, I was
very um nervous. And I held back something. It felt like I was holding
on to somebody and trying to jump. Like it won't work like that.
I had to loosen myself up and just foret about me being World Champion
and defending my title. And at Worlds, I felt really good. Maybe
that's why I skated better.
JL: Yeah. It seems like the women's competition has gotten much
more intense, much more physical. Lot more spinning. What do they
call? You got loops, lutzes. What is that salchow? What is it? Is
that correct name?
MK: a Salchow. That's a weird word.
JL: What does that word mean?
MK: Um it's a three turn into a jump on an edge. Did I lose
you? (audience laughs)
JL: No no I got you. Just I don't think of cows being very graceful.
So I'm trying to figure. I mean how does Salchow? Where does the
word come from?
MK: um a name, from somone who made it up.
JL: Oh I see it's the person who invented it. Someone with
the unfortunate name of Salchow. (Jay and Michelle say Salchow
together.) Let's just hope it wasn't a women. "Hey Salchow"
(fake punch to the eyes.) Not a really good name. Can you
do those spins on dry land or do you have to be on skates?
MK: I can try it if you do it after I do it. (She encourages
the audience to clap for Jay to do it. She gets up from her seat
and does a couple of side stretches.)
JL: Now what is that that you're doing now? That looks like
something you do in "Bullets Over Broadway". (Jay imitates
Michelle does a double axel and audience cheers. She bows a couple
of times. She goes to Jay's desk and get's him up to try the jump.
She sits down in her chair.
Halle would you like to try it?
HB: (Shakes head and waves hands no.) No no
JL: Halle, I'll settle for you jumping up and down. That's fine.
Now what do you do? I don't even know what I'm doing. I'm supposed
to - ok, what do I have to do?
MK: Jump. Rotate. Land.
JL: So I kinda jump, then rotate. I don't know what I'm
doing ah get out of here. (Kevin laughs and Michelle claps at
Jay's attempt to do a jump.) Anyways congratulations on all
your success. Will you come back and visit us again?
JL: Ok thank you. Thank you Michelle. Michelle Kwan. Be back with
the Bee-Gees right after this.
--Tonight Show Wrap Up at the end of the show--
JL: Michelle Kwan. Thank you Michelle. She begins the Campbell
Soup Tour in Baltimore. That's Chicken Noddle division right?
MK: (laughs) chicken noddle
JL: On April 16th, Chicken Noddle division.
thanks to Chance
for this transcript!
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