Michelle Kwan began figure skating at age five after watching her older brother play hockey. Just two years later she won her first skating competition, displaying immense innate talent.
Michelle was first inspired to skate at age five after watching her older brother, Ron, play hockey. Two years later she won her first skating competition.
To date Michelle has won over 40 championships, including four World Championships (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 & 2002), seven National Championships (1996, 1998 through 2003) and the 2002 Olympic bronze medal & 1998 Olympic silver medal. She is the first American female skater to win four world titles since Carol Heiss in 1959. Michelle also made history as the first woman in figure skating to reclaim the world title twice. To top it off, she has received 31 perfect 6.0 marks in her career.
Despite the demands of training and competition, Michelle still manages to find time to pursue her education and is currently a student at UCLA. "College is just as important to me as skating," Michelle said. "When you set several goals for yourself, it takes a lot of hard work to achieve them all and I'm enjoying every moment." Michelle's skating philosophy: "Work hard, be yourself and have fun!"