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Michelle Kwan
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Personal information
Full name Michelle Wingshan Kwan
Country represented  United States
Born July 7, 1980 (1980-07-07) (age 40)
Torrance, California, U.S.
Residence Rhode Island, U.S.
Height 5 ft 2 in
Skating club Los Angeles FSC
Retired 2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 175.20
2005 Worlds
Short program 61.22
2005 Worlds
Free skate 113.98
2005 Worlds

Michelle Kwan (born July 7, 1980) is a retired American figure skater. She has won five world championships and nine U.S. championships.

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

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