Michelle Kwan (Asian Americans of Achievement) by Rachel A Koestler-Grack

By Rachel A Koestler-Grack

From the day she laced up her first pair of skates, Michelle Kwan knew she belonged at the ice. while she was once 7 years previous, she vowed that she may in the future be an Olympic skater, and went immediately to paintings on making her dream come actual. by the point she used to be 12, she used to be already competing with most sensible skaters from all over the world. At age 15, Kwan received her first nationwide and global titles. And in 1998, she made skating heritage on the U.S. Championships while she acquired 15 ideal rankings for presentation in her lengthy and brief courses, the main excellent rankings ever for a feminine skater. Michelle Kwan is the tale of a proficient younger athlete whose selection and concentration have enabled her to turn into the main embellished skater in U.S. heritage. even though the single medal ever to elude her was once the Olympic gold, Kwan continues to be a real champion, and she or he has proven simply as a lot grace in her setbacks as she has at the ice.

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Even though Kwan skated well, she felt she could have done much better. But because Nancy Kerrigan had to withdraw from the event, Kwan took second, behind Tonya Harding. Standing on the podium next to Tonya Harding was an awesome moment for Kwan. At some point, she must have recalled Karen’s crazy dream. Undoubtedly, she was astonished at its truth. More amazingly, as one of the top two medalists, Kwan had a spot on the Olympic team—at least for a brief moment. indd 50 8/28/07 1:37:47 PM Strange Dream 51 THE LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN Kwan’s glorious moment would not last long.

They managed to escape while Michelle and Karen chased them all around the room. Finally, they decided they were too busy to take care of animals. While Karen was busy competing at the junior level, Michelle had to go through all the qualifying rounds of her competitions. She won the Southwest Pacific and Pacific Coast senior lady titles. Then, at 12½ years old, she got her wish. She was going to Senior Nationals as the youngest senior competitor in 20 years. The 1993 Nationals were held in Phoenix, Arizona.

As she stopped to put on her skate guards, Kwan heard someone call to Kerrigan asking for an autograph. She stepped aside to let Kerrigan through, and Kerrigan disappeared behind a curtain to the backstage area. Suddenly, Kerrigan screamed. Someone pushed Kwan out of the way and ran to help her. Like a tidal wave, parents and coaches rushed past the curtain to see what was going on. When Kwan finally got backstage, she saw Kerrigan crying on the ground, holding her leg. She had been clubbed in the knee with a collapsible baton by an unknown man, who police later found out was a friend of Tonya Harding’s husband.

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