International Women’s Day: Pt 4, Michelle Kwan

Happy International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day is, according to this article, “a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality.”

Though why not celebrate with a week instead? Every day, I’ll highlight a woman and her achievements for International Women’s Day and keep this celebration going.




Today’s woman is retired figure skater and Olympian, Michelle Kwan. Michelle was born in Torrance, California on July 7, 1980. She began her interest in figure skating at the age of 5 though didn’t start serious training until she was 8.

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She won 2nd place in the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan and 3rd place in the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, US. Michelle has medaled in other competitions over the years, such as the World Figure Skating Championships and Skate America.

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Michelle’s signature move is a change-of-edge spiral. When she skates, she is known for her programs that feature more artistic expression.

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Michelle has since retired from figure skating and keeping herself busy with other endeavors both in her personal and professional life.

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