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Michelle Wingshan Kwan ( 1980- ) is a retired American figure skater. She is a two-time Olympic medalist (silver in 1998, bronze in 2002), a five-time World champion (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003) and a nine-time U.S. champion (1996, 1998–2005). She is tied with Maribel Vinson for the all-time National Championship record. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
💎 Top 3 interesting facts about Michelle Kwan💎
👶 Born in Torrance, California, Michelle is the third child of Danny Kwan and Estella Kwan, immigrants from Hong Kong.
⛸️ Her interest in figure skating began at the age of five when she followed her two older siblings (ice hockey player Ron and figure skater Karen) onto the ice. Karen and Michelle began serious training when she was about eight years old. They practiced three to four hours a day, waking up at 4:30 am and arriving at the rink at 5:00 am to skate before school and then going back to the rink right after school to skate again.
👛 Paying for their increased skating-rink time led to financial hardship for her working-class family. When she was ten years old, her family could no longer afford a coach, but they were offered financial assistance by a fellow member of the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club.
⛸️ During her reign as a figure skater, she was not only famous as a figure skater. People also recognized her as the most popular female athlete. 📺 You can see her in some TV specials, magazine covers, and endorsement deals. 📰
📝 🎭 Favorite movie stars: Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jim Carrey
🎬 Favorite movie: Titanic
📺 Favorite TV show: Family Matters
🎶 Favorite musicians: Natalie Merchant, Tracy Chapman, Tori Amos, Jewel, and Celine Dion.
Fellow favorite skaters: Brian Boitano and Elvis Stojko
🏅 Favorite sports and activities (besides skating): swimming, bowling, biking, fishing, and white water rafting.
👚 She loves: To shop - for clothes, to drive - she owns a Grand Jeep Cherokee. 🎞️ She also loves movies.
🐼 She always has her teddy bear backpack