Michelle Wingshan Kwan is a retired American figure skater. She is a two-time Olympic medalist, a five-time world champion, and a nine-time American champion. she is known for her strong skating skills and her legendary “Silent Blades”. Michelle Wingshan Kwan was born on July 7, 1980, in Torrance, California, United States. She was born to Danny Kwan and Estella Kwan. Her parents are Hong Kong immigrants. She is the third child of her parents. Her interest in figure skating was developed when she was very young.
At that time, her sister Karen used to figure skate and she started following her to the rink. When she turned eight, she started serious training with her sister. They visited the skating rink two times a day. Their regular visits to the skating rink were putting stress on her family’s finances. When she turned 10, her family could not afford a coach for her, she was sponsored by a member of the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club.
She received her elementary education at the Soleado Elementary School in Palos Verdes, California. She started homeschooling when she got to grade eight. She attended Rim of the World High School. She graduated from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in 2009. She graduated with a degree in international studies with political science. she graduated with a Master’s degree in international relations.
In April 2011, Michelle Kwan met Clay Pell, a lawyer, military officer and the director of strategic planning on the National Security staff at the White House. In 2012, Michelle Kwan announced their engagement, they got married on January 19, 2013.
Michelle Wingshan Kwan received one-year training from coach Frank Carroll. She participated and placed ninth at the junior level at the United States Figure Skating Championships. She won the 1994 World Junior Championships after placing sixth in the senior US championships the previous year. In 1995, Michelle Kwan placed second in U.S Championship.
She excelled in the 1997-1998 Olympic season. She defeated Tara Lipinski to win the “Skate America”. She also defeated Skate Canada. She, however, withdrew from the Champions Series Final due to a stress fracture in her foot. She, however, won the 1998 U.S championship despite her ailing foot. Her performance at the championships was praised as one of the best, one judge cried after watching her perform. Her achievements for the year was crowned with her win as 1998 World Champion.
Before the 2002 competitive season, she parted ways with her longtime coach, coach Carrol. In the 2002 Olympics, she won the bronze medal and the silver medal in the 2002 Worlds. She hired a new coach, Rafael Arutyunyan in 2003. She placed fourth at the 2004 World Championships. Michelle Kwan made an appearance in 2009 after several years of not competing. She performed at a show headlined by Kim Yuna, South Korean World Champion dubbed “Ice All Stars”.
How much is Michelle Kwan Net Worth in 2017
Michelle Kwan is known for her consistency in delivery great performances throughout her skating career. She has also worked in a non-salaried position as a public diplomacy ambassador. She has made appearances in films and series sometimes playing herself. Kwan’s net worth is an estimated $17 million US dollars as of 2017.
Michelle Kwan has endorsed many products and companies throughout her career. She has endorsed Caress soap, Coca-Cola, Maxxis, Minute Maid, United Airlines, Disney, East West Bank, Riedell Skates and many others. Michelle and husband Clay Pell are on verge of divorce. They both filed for a divorce in March 2017.