next guest, an Olympics silver medalist, starring in a Disney special
March 5 on ABC. (A clip of Michelle doing her triple/triple combination
at Nationals is shown) On Saturday, she won the National Figure
Skating title for the third time. Please welcome Michelle Kwan.
Michelle walks out, waving,
in a black sleeveless outfit.
JL: Oh, I like
your new hair.
JL: Just kinda
did the whole chop thing, huh?
MK: Yeah, it took
me 2 years to get the guts to do it.
JL: I like it,
it looks cute.
MK: Thank you.
JL: I like it,
it looks cute, yeah. A little different color?
laughs.) Why not go for it all, I guess.
JL: Go for it
all. Well, maroon is your natural color.
MK: Yeah. (Audience
laughs.) Mom has maroon hair.
JL: It looks great.
I like it, itís very sexy.
MK: Thank you.
JL: It looks very
good. Now see, you know, I read a rumor, I donít know if this is
so. They said when you skated on Saturday, youíre superstitious
and you did it in, like, your old uniform. Like you didnít even
wash it. Is that true?
MK: No, Iím not
a dirty person! (Michelle laughs)
JL: I donít mean
dirty. I donít mean but...superstitious.
MK: Yes, well
I skated really well on Thursday, short program, and I thought,
oh, I have to do everything the same.
MK: And I was
like, it might make...I was like getting ready, had my makeup out,
and I was like, OK, what kind of makeup did I use on Thursday? So
I tried to remember everything. I had the same outfit on for practice,
JL: Well, see
that's odd. To me, I would think people like yourself, oh, so secure,
Boom, boom (snaps fingers). You know, just roll out of bed,
do it. I mean really, it's that you think, what did I have on?
MK: I know.
JL: So you figure
you didn't want to jinx it.
MK: Yeah, that's
exactly what I think. I don't know, it's like...it gets in your
head, you're like, Oh, I have to do the same thing, and I have to
do this and that. Aren't you superstitious?
JL: Me? (Knocks
on his desk.) No, I'm not superstitious. (Audience laughs.)
Knocks on desk)Not at all.
JL: No, but I
know what you mean. So now since you won again that means you canít
wash it the next time.
JL: Pretty soon
people will be going, cough, all right, give it to her, give it
OK, (Waves her hand in front of her face, like thereís an odor.)
Dave Foley: Is
this a superstition or an obsessive compulsive disorder?
MK: Uhh. (laughing)
JL: Now, what
was that new move you did, what was that, a Char...what?
MK: A Charlotte.
JL: A Charlotte.
Now, can you, what was that? Show people. Can you show people?
MK: Well, it was
invented in the early 1900s.
MK: And, itís
a girl named Charlotte, it's named after a girl, but I donít know,
I canít pronounce her last name.
JL: Oh, OK. I
mean, what...can you show us the move?
MK: Sure. It's...
JL: I thought
this was very cool.
(Michelle goes into
MK: Itís a spiral,
I go down the middle of the ice.
JL: Thatís great,
see I canít even do that standing up, let alone moving on ice, itís
amazing to me. You know, I want to ask you about this girl, the
13 year old girl, Naomi...Nari Nam, is it?
MK: Yeah, Nari
JL: She was tiny.
I feel like a giant next to her.
MK: I'm like...
(Laughing) She's very small, very cute. Very great skater.
Um, she's very young. A lot of potential.
JL: Yeah, she's
JL: Now, she came
in second, but donít they have that new rule you canít compete until
youíre how old?
MK: 15, at the
World Championships. Yeah.
JL: Oh, okay.
So she just has to...
MK: I know itís
JL: Yeah, does
seem like, what do you think of that? Are you for that? Do you think
MK: Well, Iím
glad they made the rule a little later because I was 13 when I went
to Worlds for the first time. (Laughs)
MK: So, but itís,
I mean, Itís the rule now, thereís nothing she can really do.
JL: And now youíre
driving, right? You got your license right? I havenít seen you since
you got your license? Are you a good driver?
MK: Oh eww....I
like speed. I don't know.
JL: Oh yeah?
JL: Now, I know
your mom, and your mom seems pretty protective. Does she sort of,
does she drive with you ever? Is she....
towards Jay, and holds her hand over her mouth, pretending to whisper.)
JL: Oh yeah, does
she (makes gesture with hand, like someone talking)?
MK: Oh yeah.
JL: Yeah. Slow
like her mother) ďSlow down thereís a curve!Ē And Iím a nervous
driver, so when Iím on the road, if someone says anything I'm like,
(Moves her hands like turning the wheel.) "OK, OK, Iím okay!"
You know? So it makes me very nervous.
JL: Now howís
your private life? Any guys yet? Any, any new guys?
JL: Come on! You
must get mail. When you're on the ice, do people, like do guys throw
MK: Yes, Iíve
gotten some weird things on the ice. Like I got a suit one time.
JL: A suit?
MK: A suit. And
it actually fit, and I was like cool, I can keep this. (Audience
JL: Must have
been quite a guy.
And I've gotten.
JL: Do guys throw
their phone numbers?
MK: Iíve gotten
JL: Now, do you
ever pick up the number and call it just to see who?
JL: You should
call a guy back. Who knows?
MK: Who knows?
JL: Could be the
MK: Could look
like Brad Pitt.
JL: Could look
like Brad Pitt. (whispers) I wouldnít bet on it. (laughter)
JL: Now you have
your Disney Special, itís when, oh, March 5th.
MK: March 5th.
JL: March 5th.
Hey, it's always a pleasure. (Shakes Michelleís hand)
MK: Thank you.
thank you very much. Michelle Kwan! (Audience claps) March
5th on Walt Disney special, we'll be right back, right after this.
to the interview.
shots courtesy of figure-skating.com
for the audio clip.
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