Michelle Kwan is the most decorated figure skater, female or male, in US history. She won two Olympic medals, five World Championships, and nine U.S. National Championships from 1996 to 2006.
She was born on July 7, 1980, in Torrance, California, USA as Michelle Wing-Shan Kwan.
Michelle began ice skating at just 5 years old. ”All I can remember is every day, tying up my skates and a big smile on my face, excited to go on the ice,” Kwan said for CNN.
In 1991, Kwan and sister Karen began training with figure skating coach Frank Carroll.
She competed in her first nationals at age 12.
In 1994, Michelle finished 8th in the World Championships at the age of 13.
In 1997, she finished 2nd to Tara Lipinski at the US and world championships. In the same year, Kwan published her autobiography, ”Michelle Kwan: Heart of a Champion.”
In 1998, she won the silver medal in Women’s Figure Skating during the Winter Olympics.
In 1999, Michelle appeared in Michelle Kwan Figure Skating computer game.
In 2000, Kwan won the gold medal at the US National Figure Skating Championships. Also in 2000, she was named one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
In 2001, she received the James E. Sullivan Award.
At the 2001 World Championships, Kwan won the title while executing a triple toe loop/triple toe loop combination.
In 2003, Michelle won the gold medal at the World Figure Skating Championships.
In January 2006, she withdrew from the US Figure Skating Championships due to an abdominal injury.
In 2009, she earned a degree in International Studies from the University of Denver. In 2011, Kwan graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Kwan was inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2012.
She joined Fox Sports 1 for its Winter Olympics broadcast in 2014.
In 2016, Michelle worked on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
She was inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. In the same year, Kwan appeared on ESPN’s coverage of the Special Olympics World Winter Games.
On January 19, 2013, Michelle Kwan married Clay Pell, a former White House staffer and the grandson of Rhode Island’s late Democratic U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell. Clay was also a candidate for governor of Rhode Island in 2014.
Guests at their wedding included Peter Oppegard, Dorothy Hamill, Dick Button, and Brian Boitano. Clay proposed to Michelle in September 2012 on Block Island.
Kwan and Pell purchased a house for $1.5M in 2014. The house sits on nearly two acres and includes a two-car garage, swimming pool, formal living/dining rooms, six bathrooms, two master suites, and a large marble-tiled kitchen.
In 2017, after four years of marriage, Pell filed for divorce from Kwan. He cited “irreconcilable differences” in his divorce filing.
”This is a sad and difficult turn of events for our family,” Clay said in a statement. He added: ”I love Michelle, and wish her the very best as her life takes her in a new direction.”
The two have no children together.
In 2018, she sold their Rhode Island house for almost $4 million.
Kwan is 5′ 2″ (1.57 m) tall.
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”I had amazing experiences. Perhaps the gold eluded me.”
”Girls in particular benefit from sports. I see it with my nieces.”
”I had the opportunity to figure skate. That was beyond what parents could dream of. But that’s the American Dream.” (Providence Journal)
”My first trip, as an envoy, was to China, and it was a very eye-opening experience.”
She is a lifelong supporter of the Special Olympics.
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Michelle Kwan – Net Worth
Kwan earned most of her wealth from her figure skater career. She won two Olympic medals (silver-1998, bronze-2002), nine National Championships (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005), and five World Championships (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003).
In addition, Michelle makes money from sponsors, which include – Kraft, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, VISA, Chevrolet (worth of $1 million), and Campbell’s Soup. Coca-Cola spokesperson Susan McDermott said: “We are proud of Michelle for embodying the Olympic spirit.”
She was also named a celebrity representative for The Walt Disney Company in 2006. Furthermore, Kwan has guest-starred in Mulan, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, Family Guy, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and The Simpsons.
Therefore, Michelle Kwan has an estimated net worth of $17 million.
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