Although she’s never won an Olympic gold, Michelle Kwan’s grace and beauty on the ice has surpassed that of even those competitors who have beaten her (many say “robbed her”) in her quest for the Holy Grail of skating. For her the gold medal will forever remain elusive, but to skating fans worldwide, Michelle Kwan epitomizes the sport.
Fans around the world create tributes to her (warning to grammar gurus: there are a few cringeworthy mistakes) like this one:
Here are some of her most famous performances and programs:
- This is from Atlanta 2004 where I was one of the thousands watching in the stands at Philips Arena–truly a special performance, one of her greatest…
Michelle as a fourteen-year- old winning the pewter at the 1995 Worlds:
One year later, she transformed herself into Salome, and a more mature Michelle captured her first Worlds title: