Skating takes up 70 percent of my time, school about 25 percent. Having fun and talking to my friends, 5 percent. It's hard. I envy other kids a lot of things, but I get a guilt trip when I'm not training.”
About This Billboard
Michelle Kwan is a champion ice skater who has won five World Championships, nine U.S. Championships and two Olympic medals, in addition to countless other skating competitions. While spectators worldwide have seen her glide effortlessly across the ice, long hours of practice and dedication underlie each jump, twirl and spin.
Kwan began ice skating when she was five years old, and her skill quickly became evident. By age eight, she skated several hours a day, every day of the week. Before school, after school and on weekends, she was at the ice rink. The cost of ice time and coaches quickly grew, but her parents, who had immigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan, were committed to her success. Her family sold their home and purchased a much smaller one to free up money to pay for her ice skating.
When Kwan was 13, she performed at her first U.S. National Championships. After a disappointing performance, she vowed to work even harder and improve. She did. The next year, she finished second. From there she went on to win a silver medal at the 1998 Olympics and the first of her World Championships. She followed up with a bronze medal at the 2002 Olympic Games.
Kwan is the most decorated figure skater in American history. She was the sole inductee to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame classes of 2012, and in 2014 she was inducted to the Hall of Fame at the U.S. Nationals Competition.
Even after retiring from skating, Kwan has not given up her dedication to learning, service and hard work. She received her college degree in 2009 from the University of Denver and is pursuing graduate studies in international relations at Tufts University. Meanwhile, she has held several diplomatic and ambassador positions representing the United States globally. Ultimately, whether on the ice, in the classroom or representing her nation, Kwan presents one consistent quality—dedication.
Dedication. Pass It On!
This billboard about Dedication features Michelle Kwan; figure skater, Olympic Medalist, United States publicdiplomacy ambassador.
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I was really inspired by what that story said and now since that happened to you Michelle Kwan YOU ARE THE PERSON THAT INSPIRED ME TO NEVER GIVE UP .
I have always loved whaching ice skating I plan to do it some day! LOVE YOU KWAN!!
The theme is never give up on your dreams.
Dedication is hard,but it pays off.
Cool and inspiing
I salute her dedication
rauf raja, pakistan
she is an awsome person and i love her im a 13 year old and luv her
cinthya, new jersey
I THINK IT IS A GOOD THING AND SHE SHOULD KEEP GOING TO MEET HER GOAL OR DREAM ''NEVER GIVE UP''
Wow I love gymnastics but ice skating is cool too!
She is a really good figure skater. She made relize that I could figure skate too.
Michelle Kwan is my favorite female athlete. I love her story and how much she accomplished at so young.
Sarah G, Albany, New York
This story is great and I hope everyone who reads it takes it to heart!
Sydney Boettcher, Two Rivers
I THINK IT WAS VERY STRONG OF HER TO KEEP PRACTICING AND NOT TO GIVE UP LIKE OTHER PEOPLE DO WHEN THEY DON'T DO GOOD OR DON'T WIN.
Indya Conover, Two Rivers Magnet Middle School
I love this story and it's very interesting. I hope that who ever reads this is very impressed and looks at this as an inspiration.
Sydney 12 , School
I'm sorry for my rude comment. me and my friend were messing around and I don't feel that way about ice skating and this is a great story.
RamseeRene (:, Owosso
i love this!!!!!
makayla lane, michigan
WELL' I LOVE GYMNASTICS AND COMING FROM A ME, I THINK ICE SKATING IS JUST AS COOL!
KENDRA H, IDUMA
Wow, what an amazing story.
cheyanne R., asheboro
Well I think that this was an awesome story. Thanks for sharing.
Ashley H., TX