They show Michelle
skating her long program at the Olympics. They then show skating
at a practice rink in a black warmup outfit
Kwan, the courageous young figure skater who brought home the silver
medal at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games, finds many parallels in
her struggles as a skater, to those of Mulan as a warrior.
(She has her hair in curls, like it was when she appeared on
the Jay Leno show after the Olympics. She is wearing a red turtleneck
under a black jacket.) When she went out to fight for her country
and her family and for herself, when I skate, I feel like Iím skating
for myself, for my friends, for my family and also for the country.
A clip from the movie
Host: But, itís
in Mulanís very special relationship with her father that Michelle
sees the most similarity to her own life.
A clip of her doing
her ďYĒ spin on the practice ice is shown.
During the following
statements from Michelle, they show:
- A clip from the
movie of Mulan giving her father the medal the Emperor gave her
- Her father, Danny,
in the stands at the Olympics
- A clip from the
movie of Mulan look at the medal from the Emperor
- Michelle reacting
after her Olympic long program
- And, finally, Danny
running down the stairs, and clapping after Michelleís long program
at the Olympics
MK: I was very
young when my dad told me about Mulan. He has given me so many words
of wisdom. It really affected me emotionally when Mulan showed her
father the medal that the Emperor gave her. It felt like after I
won the silver medal, and I showed it to my dad...and he wasnít
upset that I got the silver. He was so proud of me that I made my
dreams come true and really worked hard and skated my heart out.
A clip of the final
seconds in her long program at the Olympics is shown
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