Voice Over: Michelle Kwan first put on a pair of skates when she was 5 years old, after watching her brother play hockey. But once she started skating, it seems as if the whole world was watching her. That was certainly true during the last Olympic games in Nagano when public interest in the skating competition was intense.

(During the voice over, Michelle is shown at the beginning of Lyra Angelica at the GWG. Then, she is shown skating to Mulan at COI. Finally, they show her doing her triple loop/falling leaf/double toe combo in Lyra Angelica at the Olympics)

Michelle Kwan: (Michelle, with her short hair, is wearing a white top under a brown/gray jacket.) It was a lot of pressure when I went to the Olympics. I think I put a lot of pressure on myself. (A clip of her skating off the Olympic ice after the long program, hugging Frank, and in the kiss and cry area is shown.) And, after I skated...I just...I did collapse, pretty much, when I got off the ice. It was relief but relief that I skated well. And all the days when I went into the rink dreaming of that moment and having it come true.

VO: (A clip of her at the beginning of Lyra Angelica at the Olympics is shown) Michelle begin to compete successfully when she was 7, but her career might have ended a few years later if not for a gift she received. At the Womenís Sports Foundation dinner, she explained what that gift meant to her. (They show a clip where Michelle, wearing the dress in this picture, walks onto the stage to receive the award, while her name is announced. She also waves while walking on stage.)

MK: (Michelle is giving her acceptance speech for the Sportswoman of the Year award at the Womenís Sports Foundation Dinner on October 19. She is behind a podium, and her award is square, and looks like crystal.) Back in 1992, when I was 12 years old, there came a time when the training expenses became overwhelming. My parents never knew if we had enough money for me to keep skating and pursuing my dream. Thatís when Womenís Sports Foundation gave me a training and trial-o-gram which helped me pay for many of my expenses. And, the Womenís Sports Foundation helped me dream back then and helped me get to where I am today.

VO: In 1998, Michelleís dream led her to the US Championships where she won the gold medal and received an unprecedented 15 perfect marks. Then, on to the Olympic games where her elegant performance won a silver medal.

(During the voice over, Michelle is shown jumping during Lyra Angelica at the GWG, in the kiss and cry area at Nationals with her long program artistic marks on the screen, and during her final spin and pose at the Olympics.)

MK: The moment was.... like the moment, you dream of when youíre a little kid. You know, you lay awake...um... sleeping and youíre thinking about how youíre at the Olympics.

VO: Michelle capped off the year by winning a gold medal at the World Championships and with a victory at the Goodwill Games. Michelle Kwan has not forgotten that her talent is a gift. She tries to make each performance better. Success has made no difference in the way she views her art.

During the voice over, the following clips were shown:

  • Michelle in the kiss and cry area after her long program at Ď96 Worlds
  • Jumping in Lyra Angelica at the GWG
  • On the GWG podium accepting the gold medal from President Carter
  • At the end of Salome at Ď96 Nationals
  • Her combo in Rachmaninoff at the Olympics
  • Jumping in Taj Mahal at Ď97 Nationals
  • A sit spin in Rachmaninoff at the GWG
  • A leap in On My Own at COI
  • Bowing at the end of Lyra Angelica at the GWG

MK: Funny thing is, it didnít change me as a person. I mean, as many titles as you win, as many competitions and exhibitions you do, you pretty much stay the same person.

VO: Despite a busy schedule which includes preparing for the Salt Lake City games in 2002, Michelle serves as the spokeswoman for the Childrenís Miracle Network, an organization that raises money for the childrenís hospitals. She tells young fans to work hard, be yourself and have fun. Thatís how she passes the gift of sports along.

During the voice over, the following clips were shown:

  • Quick shot of spinning during Winter
  • Skating over her name on the ice
  • Doing a spiral in practice at Lake Arrowhead
  • Skating in the beginning of this yearís COI (with the costume in the first two pictures on this page)
  • Waving to the crowd after Lyra Angelica at the GWG (and I can see myself in the background!)
  • Pic from CMN ad
  • Signing autographs backstage at last yearís COI
  • Signing autographs somewhere else
  • Backstage somewhere laughing with Shaq
  • Celebrating after Salome at 1996 Nationals
  • Jumping in Rachmaninoff at the GWG
  • Clowning around on some photo shoot
  • Posing at a photo shoot (where she looks very pretty)
  • Getting last minute touch ups at the photo shoot for this picture from A. Magazine

(A crowd cheering is heard)

MK: Figure skating has given me a lot of excitement, a lot of ups and downs, and it teaches you a lesson about life, how itís not always perfect. But, itís not the way you fall, itís how you get up.

While Michelle was talking, the following clips were shown:

  • Doing a camel spin in Lyra Angelica at the GWG
  • A leap in On My Own at COI
  • Doing a jump in the beginning of this yearís COI (with the costume in the first two pictures on this page)
  • Bowing, and blowing a kiss to the crowd, in Rachmaninoff at the Olympics

Then, during the credits, they showed Michelle and Cynthia Cooper posing for this picture.

Huge thanks to Liz for part of this transcript!


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