Very Nice...When (clears throat) I was sixteen I had a paper
route, see it's similar there. So tell us about the competition,
tell us about that night, tell us about what happened immediately
before, during and after your performance.
In one sentence?
whatever you can do, just give us a feeling for, what you know,
what it was like there.
before the competition all skaters were shivering; I was very nervous
and Lu Chen who skated before me got two straight 6.0s and I was
6.0 is the perfect mark?
6.0 yeah and I was just like oh my god and then Frank says 'You
can do it'.
Michelle: My coach.
your coach Frank, alright.
Michelle: So I
was just like...
a guy hanging around named Frank.
(The audience and
Michelle: So then
I said 'Go for it all', you know, it doesn't matter - I'm not the
reigning World Champion and went for everything.
often do they have the World Champion competition? Is it every year
or every two years?
year they have it. So you're thinking to yourself okay I'm 15, if
I don't win it this year I still have plenty of opportunities to
win it down the line but now you hear the perfect scores come up
what does that do to you? Do you think 'uh oh' does that turn the
pressure up or did you just say that takes the pressure away?
Michelle: I think
it turns the pressure on but then I'm saying 'uh oh' I'll just try
a quadruple axel. (laughs)
there a such thing as a quadruple axel?
not exactly talking to Frank here, so I'm sorry.
now you went out there and you altered your skating program didn't
it was planned to do a triple-triple combination at the beginning.
Have you ever had the triple-triple with cheese? Oooooh..that is
so you were going to do the triple-triple.
so I did the triple-toe at the end when I didn't finish the triple-triple...with
Yeah I have no idea you are talking about but you pulled it off.
And give us a little idea of what your life was like - when did
you begin skating - at what age did Mom and Dad put the skates on
I was five years old...
my brother play hockey and my sister was just watching with me and
we decided, you know, put our skates on and try it out there.
So that was the first time you had the skates on. What happened
that caused you to think and your folks to think and your friends
and family to think 'Wow, maybe this is more than just a little
girl skating around here. Maybe we've got a World Champion.'
I got on the ice and did a quadruple axel and right away...(laughs
along with audience and Letterman)
What do you win for being the World Champion?
I got invited here, so that's one of the things!
believe me, it's downhill after this.
you win money? Do you win cash? You get a car? Get a speed boat?
Stuff like that?
well, I was invited to the White House.
House will be good, that'll be nice, yeah.
there was $50,000 dollars prize money so that was good.
after this I'm on tour for three and a half months.
and a half months of you skating wherever you go?
The Campbell Soups Tour.
right..the uh..the Tour...you begin tomorrow the Campbell Soup 1996
Tour of World Figure Skating Champions, nothing to me says figure
skating more than can soup.
also, you now have your sights set on the Olympics is that right?
Now which would mean more to you? The World Champion or the Olympic
to think about it) I don't know...(laughs) the Olympic
Gold Medalist of course.
that'll be nice. I couldn't be happier for ya, you're a lovely young
girl and your family must be thrilled, you must be thrilled. Good
luck you to ya and thanks for coming by.
Kwan, ladies and gentleman!
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thanks to Grace
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