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The most decorated figure skater in U.S. history, Michelle Kwan's skating brilliance and accomplishments have earned her a place among the all-time greats of the sport. For more than a decade (1995-2005) Kwan dominated the sport like no other skater in history, winning an unprecedented 43 championships, including five World Championships, eight consecutive and nine overall U.S. championships and two Olympic medals. In the nearly 100-year history of U.S. figure skating, no American man or woman has won more World titles, U.S. titles or Olympic medals.

Kwan's activities off the ice have been equally noteworthy. In November 2006, the U.S. Secretary of State appointed her the first U.S. public diplomacy envoy. In this capacity Kwan travels the world and meets with young people to speak about leadership and to engage them in dialogue on social and educational issues. In June 2010, President Obama appointed her to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, a group that advises the President on ways to engage, empower and educate all Americans to lead active, healthy lifestyles. In December 2010, Kwan was elected to the board of directors of Special Olympics International, the organization's ultimate governing authority responsible for global affairs and strategies. She graduated from the University of Denver in November 2008 with a degree in international studies. In May 2011, she received a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, majoring in international relations.

Kwan's skating artistry and grace are without equal. In her career she received 57 perfect 6.0 marks, the most by any skater in history. No performances were better than her two at the 1998 U.S. Championships, where she earned a record 15 perfect 6.0 marks out of a possible 18.

Kwan has earned numerous awards and honors, including: 2003 U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) SportsWoman of the Year; 2001 Sullivan Award (top amateur athlete in America); 1998 Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation; 2002 and 2003 Kids' Choice Award and the 2002 Teen Choice Award as America's favorite female athlete. In 2000 she was selected one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World." In 2003 Kwan earned her seventh U.S. Figure Skating Skater of the Year award. In an unprecedented move, U.S. Figure Skating renamed the award in her honor; it is now called the Michelle Kwan Trophy. In May 2010, she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Southern Vermont College.

Competitive History

  • 2005 - State Farm U.S. Championships - 1st
  • 2005 - Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating Challenge - 1st
  • 2005 - World Championships - 4th
  • 2004 - Marshalls World Cup - 2nd
  • 2004 - Campbell's Classic - 1st
  • 2004 - World Figure Skating Championships - 3rd
  • 2004 - Marshalls World Figure Skating Challenge - 3rd
  • 2004 - State Farm U.S. Championships - 1st
  • 2003 - State Farm U.S. Championships - 1st
  • 2003 - World Championships - 1st
  • 2003 - ABC Sports International Challenge - 1st
  • 2003 - Campbell's Classic - 2nd
  • 2003 - International Figue Skating Challenge - 1st
  • 2002 - Grand Prix Final - 2nd
  • 2002 - State Farm U.S. Championships - 1st
  • 2002 - Olympic Winter Games - 3rd
  • 2002 - World Championships - 2nd
  • 2002 - Hershey's Kisses Challenge (team) - 2nd
  • 2002 - Campbell's Classic - 1st
  • 2002 - Smart Ones Skate America - 1st
  • 2001 - State Farm U.S. Championships - 1st
  • 2001 - Grand Prix Final - 2nd
  • 2001 - World Championships - 1st
  • 2001 - Goodwill Games - 2nd
  • 2001 - Masters of Figure Skating - 2nd
  • 2001 - Smart Ones Skate America - 1st
  • 2001 - Skate Canada - 3rd
  • 2001 - Hershey's Kisses Challenge (team) - 1st
  • 2000 - Japan Open - 1st
  • 2000 - Grand Prix Final - 2nd
  • 2000 - State Farm U.S. Championships - 1st
  • 2000 - World Championships - 1st
  • 2000 - International Figure Skating Challenge (team) - 2nd
  • 2000 - Skate America - 1st
  • 2000 - Skate Canada - 2nd
  • 2000 - Canadian Open - 2nd
  • 2000 - Masters of Figure Skating - 1st
  • 1999 - Japan Open - 1st
  • 1999 - State Farm U.S. Championships - 1st
  • 1999 - World Championships - 2nd
  • 1999 - Hershey's Kisses Challenge (team) - 2nd
  • 1999 - Keri Lotion Figure Skating Classic (team) - 2nd
  • 1999 - Masters of Figure Skating - 1st
  • 1999 - Skate America - 1st
  • 1999 - Skate Canada - 1st
  • 1999 - Hershey's Kisses USA vs. the World (team) - 1st
  • 1998 - State Farm U.S. Championships - 1st
  • 1998 - Olympic Winter Games - 2nd
  • 1998 - World Championships - 1st
  • 1998 - Ultimate Four - 1st
  • 1998 - Goodwill Games - 1st
  • 1998 - Grand Slam of Figure Skating - 1st
  • 1998 - Keri Lotion Classic - 1st
  • 1998 - U.S. Pro Classic - 1st
  • 1998 - Masters of Figure Skating - 1st
  • 1998 - World Professional Championships - 1st
  • 1997 - Japan Open - 1st
  • 1997 - State Farm U.S. Championships - 2nd
  • 1997 - Champions Series Final - 2nd
  • 1997 - World Championships - 2nd
  • 1997 - Hershey's Kisses Challenge (team) - 1st
  • 1997 - Nice 'n Easy Classic (team) - 2nd
  • 1997 - Skate America - 1st
  • 1997 - Skate Canada - 1st
  • 1996 - State Farm U.S. Championships - 1st
  • 1996 - Centennial on Ice - 3rd
  • 1996 - Champions Series Final - 1st
  • 1996 - World Championships - 1st
  • 1996 - Hershey's Kisses Challenge (team) - 1st
  • 1996 - The Continents Cup - 1st
  • 1996 - Skate America - 1st
  • 1996 - Trophée Lalique - 1st
  • 1996 - U.S. Postal Service Challenge (team) - 1st
  • 1996 - Ultimate Four - 1st
  • 1995 - State Farm U.S. Championships - 2nd
  • 1995 - World Championships - 4th
  • 1995 - Hershey's Kisses Challenge - 1st
  • 1995 - World Team Challenge - 4th
  • 1995 - Best of the Best - 2nd
  • 1995 - Skate America - 1st
  • 1995 - Skate Canada - 1st
  • 1995 - Nations Cup - 1st
  • 1995 - U.S. Postal Service Challenge (team) - 1st
  • 1994 - World Novice Championships - 1st
  • 1994 - State Farm U.S. Championships - 2nd
  • 1994 - World Championships - 8th
  • 1994 - Hershey's Kisses Pro-Am Championships - 2nd
  • 1994 - Goodwill Games - 2nd
  • 1994 - U.S. Outdoor Challenge - 1st
  • 1994 - Skate America - 2nd
  • 1994 - Trophy de France - 3rd
  • 1994 - Thrifty Car Rental International Challenge - 3rd
  • 1993 - Southwest Pacific Regional - 1st
  • 1993 - Pacific Coast Sectional - 1st
  • 1993 - State Farm U.S. Championships - 6th
  • 1993 - Gardena Spring Trophy - 1st
  • 1993 - U.S. Olympic Festival - 1st
  • 1993 - Skate America - 7th
  • 1992 - Southwest Pacific Regional - 1st
  • 1992 - Pacific Coast Sectional - 3rd
  • 1992 - State Farm U.S. Championships - 9th