since she was 5 years old, and as you can see she is pure poetry
in motion. One of the greatest skaters of all time, World Champion
Michelle comes out,
smiling and waving, to the Olympic theme. The audience is applauding,
and you hear calls of "Michelle!!" She is wearing a gray
pants suit with a white top underneath.
R: How are you?
Nice to see you.
Kathie Lee: Hi
Michelle!! How are you darling?
Good, thank you.
R: Michelle won
the silver medal as you all know in...now how do you say it? NaGAgno?
MK and KL:: (together)
R: NAgano, yes.
MK: I practiced
it all the time. Like, 3 months before I was, OK, Iíve got
to sound good. Itís NAgano, NAgano. NAgano (makes a motion with
her hands of where to go up with your voice.) If it was Japanese
it would be (bowing her head) NAgano. (They all laugh)
R: Your in New
York, and your skating tonight at the Madison Square Garden, huh?
MK: Tomorrow night.
R: Tomorrow night,
right. Sorry, yea.
KL: Who else is
going to be on the ice with you tomorrow night? I hear itís a star
MK: Thereís Olympic
and World champions. You name it, theyíre there.
KL: Oh, good.
R: Boy that has
really developed into a great spectator sport, hasnít it?
MK: Well, it really
fun, you know? We do vocal music, and itís just very entertaining
R: The music is
KL: In fact, youíre
going to be skating to the music from ďMulan,Ē right? Which is the
new Disney movie coming out, about the Chinese little girl that
pretends sheís a boy to go and fight a war, right?
MK: Yes. Well,
the story was told to me when I was very young, by my parents, and
as I was growing up, I always heard the story. And now that I see
that Disney is presenting a new movie, a new animation called ďMulan,Ē
I was so interested, so curious in how they would they put the imaginations
that I had in my head, into a movie.
R: And did it
match, sort of?
MK: Yes. It was
exactly how I imagined.
R: And you loved
MK: Yea, and so,
I was like, OK, the movieís great. And when I saw it, there is one
scene that Mulan sings, and it just grabbed my heart, and Iím just
like ďaah.Ē And when they told me that I might do a special with
it, I said Iíve got to skate to the song ďReflection.Ē
R: Sure, absolutely.
KL: And weíll
see that tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden?
R: So, now, you
still havenít graduated from high school yet?
KL: Isnít that
hard to believe?
R: Itís coming
MK: Yea, soon.
(Clapping happily and laughing. The audience applauds loudly.)
R: How do you
do it with all the skating? I mean you are skating 6, 7 days a week,
you had the Olympics, you had all those competitions going on. Do
you...Are you tutored at home?
MK: Well my tutor
comes on tour once in a while, and I also bring my books with me.
So, while Iím on the bus or something, in between the shows, before
I do my makeup. Itís like...(Pretending to read a book.)
KL: Oh my God.
MK: Before I perform.
So, in between everything I try to manage my time.
R: Are you going
MK: I might next
R: Uh huh.
MK: I havenít
really decided whether I should move away from California, stay
in California, do correspondence classes, or...
KL: Or go to Harvard?
MK: I wish, yea.
So Iím really debating on what Iím going to do.
R: Take your time,
youíve got a lot of time.
R: In the meantime,
skating to Disneyís Mulan in Reflections on Ice will be seen on
ABC on June 16.
KL: Tomorrow at
Madison Square Garden.
R: Have a terrific
stay here in New York, OK Michelle?
MK: Thank you.
They all shake hands
KL: Great to see
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