Michelle Kwan facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsMichelle Kwan
|Full name||Michelle Wingshan Kwan|
|Country represented||United States|
|Born||July 7, 1980
Torrance, California, U.S.
|Residence||Rhode Island, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 2 in|
|Skating club||Los Angeles FSC|
|ISU personal best scores|
Birth and childhood
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". She attended public school until eighth grade, when she began being homeschooled in 1994.
Junior world champion
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.
- 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
Images for kids
Kwan completing her Scheherazade long program at the 2001–02 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Ontario, Canada
Kwan skating to "Fallin'" in the 2004 World Figure Skating Championships in Dortmund, Germany
Kwan announcing her withdrawal from the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, February 12, 2006
Kwan at the Special Olympics Massachusetts, September 25, 2010
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