I got on the ice and I was a little stiffKwan skips practice session Feb 11, 2006
At the very end in the footwork, it was just `Yeah,Kwan wins fifth World Skating title Mar 30, 2003
I have to shrug my shoulders and say it's life, this is all about competitionAmerican skater pulls off surprise Feb 22, 2002
I heard the audience try to lift my spirits when they started clapping in the middle of the programAmerican skater pulls off surprise Feb 22, 2002
I didn't like the technical marks (one of which was only a 5.5)Kwan caps record Olympic day for USA Feb 19, 2002
Michelle Wingshan Kwan (simplified Chinese: 关颖珊; traditional Chinese: 關穎珊; pinyin: Guān Yǐngshān; Jyutping: gwaan1 wing6 saan1; born July 7, 1980) is an American figure skater. She is a two-time (1998 & 2002) Olympic medalist, a five-time (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 & 2003) World champion (a record bettered only by Sonja Henie among ladies skaters) and a nine-time (1996, 1998–2005) U.S. champion (the all-time record, as tied with Maribel Vinson-Owen).
She competed at a high level for over a decade and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history. Known for her consistency and expressive artistry on ice, she is widely considered one of the greatest figure skaters of all time.
For well over a decade, Kwan maintained her status not only as America's most popular figure skater but as one of America's most popular female athletes, consistently making the top ten on many such polls and lists (often as the only figure skater) even years after she had stopped competing. During the decade of her reign Kwan enjoyed unprecedented popularity and amassed numerous multi-million dollar endorsement deals, starred in multiple TV specials and was the subject of extensive media coverage.