Michelle Kwan

One of her sport's greatest athletes, Michelle Kwan embodied amazing artistry and athleticism in her awe-inspiring figure skating career. The winner of five World Championships, nine U.S. National Championships, and ... Read more »
Born: 07/07/1980 in Torrance, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (69)

Miss Universe 2007 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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World's Greatest Sports Bloopers 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Ice Princess 2005 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Team USA: The Olympic Journey 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Lifetime Presents Disney's American Teacher Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

Michelle Kwan: Princess on Ice 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 2001 Summer Goodwill Games 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Jersey 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

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6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

Disney's American Teacher Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Champions on Ice Summer Tour 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The Masters of Figure Skating 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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World Figure Skating Championships 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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FTD Champions on Ice 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Olympic Glory 1999 (Movie)

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1999 (Tv Show)

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The Equal Sweetener World Pro 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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U.S. Pro Figure Skating Classic 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

Campbell's Soups Champions on Ice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Peggy Fleming 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Skate International of Canada 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Skate International of Germany 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Skating Romance III: Love Is in the Air 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Golden Gala Skating Championships 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Ultimate Four Skating Championship 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Christmas in Toyland 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Clueless 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Continents Cup 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Elvis on Ice 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Skate International Champions Finals 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Skate International of Canada 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Skate International of France 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Skate International of Germany 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Skate International of Japan and Russia 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The Chevrolet Skating Spectacular 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The Cotton Incorporated Ultimate Four 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Too Hot to Skate 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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U.S. Postal Service Skating Challenge 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Skate International Champions Finals 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Thrifty Car Rental Skating Spectacular 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Too Hot to Skate 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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1995 World Figure Skating Championships 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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An Evening of Championship Skating (1994) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Disney's Greatest Hits on Ice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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An Evening of Championship Skating (1993) 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Biography

One of her sport's greatest athletes, Michelle Kwan embodied amazing artistry and athleticism in her awe-inspiring figure skating career. The winner of five World Championships, nine U.S. National Championships, and silver and bronze Olympic medals, Kwan dominated the sport for an unprecedented long stretch that won her countless fans among viewers, peers and experts. Although she never won the Olympic gold medal, Kwan's enormous grace and maturity in the face of her setbacks only endeared her further to the world and solidified her reputation as a gracious competitor. Famous for earning a slew of perfect 6.0 scores for her artistic impression, Kwan pushed herself hard and earned multiple endorsements from companies who appreciated her impeccable, wholesome reputation as well as from the U.S. government, who named her a public diplomacy ambassador. So popular was the skater that she made an impression outside the skating world, with guest spots in such mainstream projects as the Disney films "Ice Princess" (2005) and "Mulan II" (2004) and even starred in her own video game. An exceptional role model and athlete, Michelle Kwan enjoyed an unparalleled legacy and global standing that many felt was worth even more than gold.

Relationships

Danny Kwan

Father
Chinese immigrant from Hong Kong

Estella Kwan

Mother
Chinese immigrant from Hong Kong

Clay Pell

Husband
Met April 2011 Engaged Sept. 3, 2012 Married Jan. 19, 2013

EDUCATION

Tufts University

Medford , Massachusetts 2009 - 2011
Studied International Relations at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

University of Denver

Denver , Colorado 2006 - 2009
Minored in Political Science

University of California (UCLA)

Los Angeles , California
Attended for one year

Milestones

2012

Inducted into U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame and World Figure Skating Hall of Fame

2012

Served as State Department's senior adviser for public diplomacy and public affairs

2009

Made first figure skating appearance in several years, performing at the Ice All Stars

2006

Named public diplomacy ambassador by then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

2006

Attempted Olympic comeback in Turin, Italy; forced to withdraw from U.S. team due to injuries

2005

Guest starred on "The Simpsons" (Fox) and made cameo in feature film "Ice Princess"

2002

Won bronze at Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, UT; teammate Sarah Hughes won gold

1999

Guest starred on teen sitcom "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (ABC)

1999

Featured in video game Michelle Kwan Figure Skating

1998

Won World Championships

1998

Made Olympic debut in Nagano, Japan; won silver behind Tara Lipinski

1998

Placed first at U.S. National Championships with eight perfect 6.0 marks

1996

Won both U.S. Nationals and World Championships

1995

Won silver at U.S. National Championships

1994

Attended Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway as an alternate; did not compete

1994

Won World Junior Championships; placed second at U.S. National Championships behind Tonya Harding

Began training in figure skating at age five

Bonus Trivia

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On May 8, 2010, Kwan was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Southern Vermont College.

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