Video clip of Michelle
practicing with an off white almost greyish sports bra and matching
shorts. Her hair is all up in a pony tail and she is doing her layback
spin for her short program.
Dan Wheeler (QVC host and the interviewer): We're
at the Comcast Sportsnet Studios here at the Corestates Center and
it is my privilege to welcome the 1996 ladies figure skating champion,
the National Champion and the World Champion, Michelle Kwan. Michelle,
thanks for spending some time with us.
Michelle Kwan: Your welcome (shakes hands with Dan Wheeler
who is holding her book, Heart
of a Champion in his hands.)
DW: I know that you started skating when you were 5 years
old. But when did the dream to win an Olympic gold medal begin forming?
MK: Um I think it was 1988 when I watched the Olympics.
You know there was Brian Boitano who you know was representing the
U.S. and was totally rooting for him and he won and I was like,
"he won the Olympics" and I thought you know I want to
go to the Olympics. You know I never thought it was going to be
this hard but when you get into it you can't look back. I mean right
now I'm going for my dreams and that is to represent the U.S. and
going to the 1998 Olympics.
(Practice clips of doing a single axel are shown)
Jane Rudolph Tracy another QVC host and huge figure skating fan
is actually selling stuff live from the Corestates Center where
the competition is taking place. The Michelle interview is on tape.
Jane Rudolph Tracy: And the audience is on their feet once
again applauding for Michelle Kwan as the medal ceremony is going
on as we speak. We're live from the Corestates Center and I just
thought I would show this to you because you'll see Dan holding
it in his lap as he talked to Michelle. It's Michelle's newest book.
We will have it on QVC February 6th during the opening ceremonies,
U.S. Olympic Showcase. That's QVC February 6th from 4-6 pm eastern.
Not only Michelle's book but also if you are a figure skating fan
you know Michelle wears a goodluck charm that was a gift from her
grandmother. We will also package with the book a reproduction of
that charm that Michelle wears so proudly. And I have to tell you
those of you who just listened in to Michelle talking about Brian
Boitano and if you follow skating you know that Brian was really
instrumental in keeping Michelle's confidence this year and helping
her through some tough times in her career and I was watching when
Michelle skated off to see Frank Carroll her coach, Brian stood
up and blew her a kiss and she waved to him and you could see in
his eyes and in hers that it was another incredible moment heading
to another Olympic games.
--Back to tape--
DW: How is the Olympics different for you than any other
MK: Well the Olympics, it's once in a lifetime that an athlete
gets to go there and for me it's always been a dream just to compete.
You know, forget the gold, forget everything, it's just to be there
and competing against everybody, competing against the world and
it's just an honor. (A clip of Michelle practicing a double loop
is shown. Then, a clip of Michelle doing her short program
foot sequence is shown as she says the following.) I mean I
barely touch the ice and I'm gliding and I feel like I'm in control
and it feels like my arms are wings and it's just a really neat
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