Who hasn’t heard of Olympic champion and legendary skater Michelle Kwan? She has some exciting news to share with all of her fans. Let’s see what it is!
Michelle Kwan recently shared the news on her Instagram account about her baby, which got everyone excited.
Earlier this month, President Biden nominated her to be the ambassador to Belize.
She subsequently shared a photo of her accomplishment and expressed gratitude to President Joe Biden for recognizing her.
Michelle Kwan Has Given Birth to her First Child
A two-time Olympic champion, revealed the arrival of her first child, Kalista Belle Kwan, on Instagram Wednesday with a lovely picture of the baby.
Kwan has earned a silver medal in the Winter Olympics of 1998 and also a bronze medal in the Winter Olympics of 2002, she says that her first experience of pregnancy was both exhilarating and terrifying.
And, this was exactly the reason why she never revealed about being pregnant and all. In fact, she kept it hidden for so long.
Welcoming Her Baby in a Lovely Way
The 41-year-old Kwan also recorded her pregnancy with a time-lapse movie that showed the growth of her growing belly throughout her pregnancy.
Michelle Kwan also made a passing reference to her boyfriend, saying, “who I could not live without,” but she did not tell who her partner is.
We are just curious to know who she is spending her happy relationship with and who is she dating right now! Guess we will find it someday.
Kwan is a figure skater who has won several awards in the United States. She has made history as she has a total of 40 championships under her belt.
Michelle Kwan – An American Figure Skater
Michelle Kwan, previously known as Kwan Shan Wing, has been an American figure skater in the skating World.
She was among the most awarded competitors in the history of US’ sports. Kwan was born on July 7, 1980, in Torrance, California. She also grew up in California.
Kwan, the child of Hong Kong immigrants, grew up watching her big brother play ice hockey. At home, Kwan was raised speaking both Cantonese and English.
Kwan was motivated by her athletic siblings. One was an ice hockey player named Ron, while the other was a figure skater named Karen.
She started skating when she was five years old and won her first figure skating competition after a whole year. When Michelle was around eight years old, Karen and Michelle began rigorous training.
Kwan’s struggling family faced many difficulties when it came to financial stability, and it was a result of their extended skating rink usage.
Kwan’s family couldn’t easily afford a trainer when she was 10 years old, however a fellow member of the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club provided them financial support.
The financial aid helped them to practise at the Ice Castle International Training Center in Lake Arrowhead, California.
Unlocking New Achievements
When Kwan turned 13 years old, she ranked seventh in the 1994 World Championships, securing her a slot as an alternate for the Olympic Games in 1994.
She has been a part of more than 40 championships which she won by combining beauty and grace with athleticism, such as a record-tying nine U.S. Championships (1996, 1998–2005).
Once, Kwan had to withdraw from the 2006 Olympics due to a major injury. It was so severe that she had to stop her favorite sport activity.
But, Kwan made it look perfect because she was always interested in studies. So, she took a break from the sport to complete her bachelor’s degree at the University of Denver.
In 2009, she resumed her education at Tuft University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, enrolling in a two-year master’s degree in International Relations. Kwan covered the 2010 Winter Olympics on television.
Kwan went on to seek a job in diplomacy after finishing her education. She was employed for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.
Michelle Kwan was appointed as a public diplomacy ambassador by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on November 9, 2006. Kwan traveled extensively to promote American ideals, especially among the youth and sports fans.
Her diplomatic career as an ambassador continued throughout Barack Obama’s presidency, where she served with Vice President Joe Biden and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Between 2013 and 2017, Kwan was a wife of a Coast Guard Lieutenant, Clay Pell. Sadly, their relationship did not last though.
In the year 2012, she got engaged to him. The pair married in Providence, Rhode Island, in January 2013.
Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill were among several skating icons that attended their wedding.
In 2017, the couple did not have a happy ending. Kwan’s husband had ended the relationship after four years of their marriage and filed for divorce in California.
Since they addressed the potential of divorce, Kwan and Pell had already been living in separate homes, according to Kwan.
Kwan became a prominent figure in the history of world’s figure skating relatively soon after her second performance at the Olympics.
In 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, and 2003, she won the world championship. Not only that, but Kwan was predicted to win the gold medal in the Nagano Olympics in 1998.
But unfortunately she ended up with a dismal silver medal after fellow American skater Tara Lipinski secured an unexpected first spot.
Kwan, who became the best world champion at that point, sacked both her choreographer, Lori Nichol, and her veteran coach, Frank Carroll, just before the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002.
She came in third following Russia’s Irina Slutskaya and Sarah Hughes of the United States, who claimed first and second spots, respectively.
Following her disappointment in Salt Lake City, Kwan had managed to fight, taking gold medal at the US Nationals and bronze medal at the 2004 World Championships.
Kwan withdrew from the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, in February 2006 owing to a seriously strained groin.
Her first practice at the 2006 Olympics was cut short due to a muscular strain, and the injury deteriorated as the day progressed.
Her long chase for Olympic gold was cut short due to this serious injury. But she never stopped trying and started working on TV as a broadcaster.
Michelle Kwan participated in many ice shows throughout her career, however she made the majority of her wealth from endorsements.
She had gained a lot of fame because of her achievements in sports and also served in US politics. Kwan has an estimated net worth of $12 million dollars.