Michelle Kwan

American figure skater and diplomat

Michelle Kwan (born July 7, 1980) is a retired American figure skater and diplomat. She has won five world championships and nine U.S. championships. She has been the United States Ambassador to Belize since 2022.

Michelle Kwan
Kwan in 2022
United States Ambassador to Belize
Assumed office
December 5, 2022
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byLeyla Moses-Ones (Chargé d'Affaires ad interim)
Personal details
Born (1980-07-07) July 7, 1980 (age 43)
Torrance, California, U.S.
Height5 ft 2 in (157 cm)
Clay Pell
(m. 2013; div. 2017)
ResidenceCalifornia, U.S.
Michelle Kwan
Personal information
Country represented United States
Former coachRafael Arutyunyan
Frank Carroll
Scott Williams
Former choreographerTatiana Tarasova
Lori Nichol
Nikolai Morozov
Sarah Kawahara
Peter Oppegard
Karen Kwan
Christopher Dean
Skating clubLos Angeles FSC
ISU personal best scores
Combined total175.20
2005 Worlds
Short program61.22
2005 Worlds
Free skate113.98
2005 Worlds
Michelle Kwan
Traditional Chinese關穎珊[1]
Simplified Chinese关颖珊

Birth and childhood Edit

Michelle Kwan was born on July 7, 1980, in Torrance, California. Kwan showed interest in figure stating when she followed Ron and Karen, her brother and sister, onto the ice, saying that all she could remember was "every day, tying up my skates and a big smile on my face, excited to go on the ice".[2] She attended public school until eighth grade, when she began being homeschooled in 1994.[3]

Junior world champion Edit

Kwan won the world junior championship in 1994. The same year, at the age of 13, she came in the top 10 in the world senior championship. She became world champion in 1996, when she was 15.

Diplomatic career Edit

On December 15, 2021, President Joe Biden announced that he planned to nominate Kwan to be United States Ambassador to Belize.[4]

Olympics Edit

  • World Championships: first place in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003
  • Olympics: 1998 - silver; 2002 - bronze
  • U.S. Championships: first place in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

References Edit

  1. 關穎珊夫妻關係如雙人滑 幽默牧師逗翻全場(圖) (in Chinese). Sina Corp. January 20, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  2. "CNN Programs - People in the News". cnn.com. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  3. Brennan, Christine (1996). Inside Edge. New York: Scribner. ISBN 0-684-80167-1.
  4. "President Biden Announces Key Diplomatic and Agency Nominees". 15 December 2021.

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