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Michelle Kwan

Michelle Kwan (born July 7, 1980) is an 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".[1] She attended public school until eighth grade, when she began being homeschooled in 1994.[2]

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


  1. "CNN Programs - People in the News". Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  2. Brennan, Christine (in English). Inside Edge. New York: Scribner. ISBN 0-684-80167-1 .

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