Michelle is wearing
shorts and a blue and white T-shirt with a "Chevrolet" logo on the
front and "Kwan" on the back. She's shown presenting medals to the
scholarship winners, all of whom have the same T-shirts with their
names on the back. Later she's shown playing volleyball with them
and tug-of-war. Her hair is shoulder-length with highlights, and
she looks absolutely gorgeous.
Olympics are only 225 days away, and already the overwhelming American
darling is figure skater Michelle Kwan. The Torrance native and
UCLA student took a break from training today to honor a very special
class of student athletes. Kwan spent the morning at the beach in
Santa Monica where she presented 10 graduating high school seniors
with $5,000 scholarships. Winners included Marissa Mike of Burbank
who is headed to Harvard in the fall. The recipients were chosen
from over 5,000 entrants, all who excelled in both athletics and
academics. Kwan just wrapped up her school year at UCLA, so she
can relate to the rigors of school and sport.
Michelle Kwan: This
is important to me, because I know how hard it is to juggle both
skating and school, and you know, Iíve been very lucky with skating,
being able to support everything that I do. And with this $5,000
scholarship hopefully it will help them to pursue further in sport
FR: Now, while
Kwan is a 4-time world champion and a 5-time national champ, today
was time for volleyball with the scholarship winners. And what day
at the beach is complete without a tug-of-war. But whatís really
on her mind is the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake next February.
MK: The Olympics
is always there, always at the back of my mind. And you know, I
just hope that everything goes well this year. And Iím training
really hard, getting ready for the season, so itís all about preparation
and focus and just to enjoy myself, as well.
FR: Because as
they say, preparation is the key to success.
Co anchor: And
sheís spent a lot of time on it.
FR: Oh absolutely,
a lot of folks looking forward to her performance.
Co anchor: And
the pressure that sheís under to succeed, whew!
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