Michelle Kwan

  • Birth Place: Torrance, California, United States
  • Profession: Figure Skater
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Fast Facts

  • Named Michelle after the Beatles song.
  • Began skating at age 5.
  • Despite finishing second at the U.S. National Championships in 1994, she lost her spot in the Olympics to Nancy Kerrigan.
  • Won the silver medal at the 1998 Olympics and bronze in 2002. She was forced to withdraw from the 2006 games due to injury.
  • While competing, she wears a Chinese good-luck charm that was a gift from her grandmother.
  • Her sister Karen was also a figure skater.
  • Understands Chinese, but does not speak fluently.
  • Won eight straight U.S. Championships and five World Championships.


  • Karen Oppegard — Sister
  • Ron Kwan — Brother
  • Clay Pell — Husband (separated)
  • Danny Kwan — Father
  • Estella Kwan — Mother


  • Attended University of California, Los Angeles; Univeristy of Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States (BS in International Studies, 2009)

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