June 2, 2011 at 7:37 am #8178
Post topics or updates on other skaters here.. : )June 4, 2011 at 9:10 am #8370
Kwan headed to D.C. ready to rule your world obviously.
Ms. Kwan Goes to Washington
At 30, master’s degree in hand, she moves further beyond skating
When Michelle Kwan was 16 and had just won the first of what would be five world figure skating titles, she began to wonder what her life would be like at age 30.
“I thought, ‘Will I still be skating, still be training a long program every day?”’ Kwan recalled. “I always hoped and wished I would find another career path I was as interested in, committed to and determined to succeed in with goals like I set out in figure skating.”
She has the answer now. At age 30, the greatest skater of her generation is almost completely removed from the sport and off to Washington, D.C. to try her hand at government work — and possibly even politics — with the master’s degree in law and diplomacy from Tufts University’s Fletcher School she received May 22.
“I am very happy to be in the place I am,” Kwan said Friday morning in a telephone conversation. “It is where I hoped I would be.”
Kwan could not be specific about her immediate work plans, but don’t be surprised to hear she has landed a job with one government agency or another not long after driving her Prius and some of her belongings from Boston to Washington in the middle of June.
She already is active in two State Department initiatives under two different administrations. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made Kwan the first American Public Diplomacy Envoy in 2007. Current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong named Kwan an ambassador to a new U.S.-China women’s leadership exchange, Women-LEAD, this April.
Kwan’s field of study at Fletcher was East Asia and Foreign Policy Analysis, and her master’s thesis focused on how the Beijing Olympics became a vehicle for a form of international relations. She learned Mandarin to fulfill the Fletcher language requirement and wants to keep studying it until she can speak it as well as she does China’s other major language, Cantonese.
When we spoke Friday, Kwan was getting over jet lag from a week-long vacation in London, hunting online for an apartment in Washington and trying to decide whether it would be better to move all her furniture or to sell most of it and start fresh. She was leaning toward moving only what would fit in the Prius.
Kwan said she debated between going on for a Ph.D. and finding a job. She had to shake thoughts that at this age — 31 in July — the path should be clear.
“When I walked across the stage (at the Fletcher graduation), it was absolutely surreal that I had gotten there but just a beginning step to where I want to be and a reminder of how far I still have to go,” she said.
“It was also a bittersweet moment because you want to keep learning but at the same time, you want to gain experience. I’m going to D.C. to have experience in the place where all the decisions are made.”
I asked if she could ever see herself making those decisions as a politician some day, and she answered “yes” without hesitation.
“So when is your first run for office?”
“Maybe that’s what I’ll do this summer,” she added with a laugh.
Over the years while she was winning the five world titles, nine U.S. titles, two Olympic medals and the hearts of her country with her graciousness in victory or defeat, Kwan always wanted to be seen eventually as one of the highly educated skating champions.
“I always looked at Dick Button (Harvard) and Tenley Albright (Harvard) and Debi Thomas (Stanford),” she said. “You emulate them.”
Albright and Thomas are medical doctors. Kwan was made an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters last year at Southern Vermont College, where she delivered the commencement address.
So here she is at 30, the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history, with a B.A from the University of Denver and an M.A. from Fletcher School.
And 10 years from now?
“I haven’t thought about it,” she said. “The big transition for me was from skating into school and onto another career path.
“Suddenly, skating isn’t what you spend every waking hour thinking of. It took some time, that transition, especially when I was in Denver. I made a different routine. Instead of waking up and going to training, I was waking up and reading and going to class and the library.
“At graduate school, I didn’t think about skating. I do miss it, but I realize this was the right thing to do. Now I want to see what happens next.”June 4, 2011 at 9:19 am #8371
Thank you for sharing Smitten, Kwan is gorgeous in that dress.
“I really hope that when I leave, my last trace will be beautiful.”-Yuna KimJune 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm #8388
watching ms kwan makes me wonder what yuna will be after 10 years from now. will she be still skating for shows or find another way like kwan did. i actually thought about her going for some government job when she was in lausanne for pyeong-chang presentation. future ioc member maybe?
back to topic, i heard Midori Ito is going to compete again in adult competetion? that must be an exciting news for some old figure skating fans..June 5, 2011 at 5:32 am #8412
hey ChWR, i am also wondering about the same thing for Yuna.. : ) well.. whatever path she takes, i’m sure she’ll be able to do her role beautifully and effectively like nobody else can.. : )June 5, 2011 at 5:35 am #8413
Japan’s Ito to compete in senior event
Former world champion Midori Ito still has the drive for competitive figure skating.
Ito will enter one of the International Skating Union’s senior events for the first time when she competes in Oberstdorf, Germany, from June 8-11.
The 41-year-old Japanese said at a news conference Thursday that “figure skating isn’t just a sport for young people.”
The 1992 Olympic silver medalist said “people of all ages should try, and in that spirit I decided to compete in this tournament.”
Ito, the 1989 world champion, was the first woman to land a triple axel in competition. She retired from competitive skating in 1996.
Midori Ito, the first woman to land a triple Axel in competition, speaks during a press conference in Tokyo Thursday, June 2, 2011. Ito, the silver medalist at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, said she will compete in the International Adult Figure Skating Competition in Oberstdorf, Germany, on June 8-11.
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/sports/2011/06/japans-ito-compete-senior-event#ixzz1OLF1QLXUJune 8, 2011 at 1:05 am #8525
19 U.S. SKATERS TO COMPETE AT 2011 ISU INTERNATIONAL ADULT COMPETITION
(6/7/11) – Nineteen U.S. skaters will compete June 8-11 in the seventh International Adult Figure Skating Competition in Oberstdorf, Germany. Hosted by Deutsche Eislauf-Union and held at Eislaufzentrum Oberstdorf, the event features 328 skaters representing 26 countries. U.S. athletes will compete in 30 events in ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dancing.
Leslie Elizabeth Amacker (masters ladies II; masters and gold ladies II artistic)
Melody Engle (silver ladies II; silver and bronze ladies II artistic)
Lori Fussell (silver ladies II; silver and bronze ladies II artistic)
Brandy Lokken (silver ladies I; silver and bronze ladies I artistic)
Kiara S. McCoy (bronze ladies IV; silver and bronze ladies IV artistic)
Elizabeth McGlauflin (masters ladies II)
Dawn Miller (silver ladies II; silver and bronze ladies II artistic)
Natalie Shaby (masters elite ladies II/III; masters and gold ladies III artistic)
Linda Stiegler (bronze ladies III; silver and bronze ladies III artistic)
Dianna-Lynne Webster Wells (masters elite ladies I; masters and gold ladies I artistic)
Richard F. Breitweiser (gold men III; masters and gold men III artistic)
Jorge De Lima (gold men II)
Mark Stanford (masters men I)
John Walton (bronze men II; silver and bronze men II artistic)
“I really hope that when I leave, my last trace will be beautiful.”-Yuna KimJune 8, 2011 at 4:38 am #8550
OC awards Olympic TV rights to NBC
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — NBC won the U.S. Olympic TV rights in a new deal for four games, AP reported Tuesday.
Executives from NBC, ESPN and Fox submitted sealed envelopes into a see-through plexiglass box, then left the building to let International Olympic Committee officials open them and consider the offers in private.
It’s the first U.S. rights auction since 2003, when NBC secured the 2010 and 2012 Olympics in a deal worth $2.2 billion.
Fox said it bid for the four games. NBC and ESPN declined to disclose their plans.
“I really hope that when I leave, my last trace will be beautiful.”-Yuna KimJune 9, 2011 at 1:17 am #8600
CBC lands 5-year deal to broadcast skating
CBC Sports announced Wednesday it has reached a five-year agreement with the International Skating Union that gives the network the rights to broadcast top figure skating and speedskating events on its various platforms.
The deal will allow viewers to watch the best Canadian athletes in figure skating and speedskating perform in the world’s elite competitions over some 120 hours of coverage annually on CBC Television, CBC’s specialty channel Bold, and online at CBCSports.ca.
CBC has also entered into a strategic partnership with VisionTV, which is available in 10 million Canadian homes, giving viewers even more access to CBC’s award-winning figure skating coverage.
The schedule is highlighted by marquee events held on Canadian ice, such as the 2011 ISU Grand Prix Final in Quebec City in December and the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ont.
The deal also includes all other figure skating world championships held annually over the next five years, plus the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships, the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and all ISU Grand Prix events with the exception of Skate Canada International.
“I really hope that when I leave, my last trace will be beautiful.”-Yuna KimJune 9, 2011 at 2:15 am #8603
thanks guys for all the info and updates."How do you make a Kim Yuna? You can't. It's truly a gift." - Scott Hamilton -June 10, 2011 at 11:21 am #8683
The International Cup of Skating Excellence (ICE) s a new figure skating competition positioned to deliver a global series of events that will ignite broader interest in the sport of figure skating. A select group of the world’s greatest skating stars distinguished by having won Olympic and/or World Championship medals, will be invited to compete in a series of one-night events over three consecutive weeks. This “ISU Open Internationa Competition Series” will provide the world’s outstanding skaters, both current eligible and former champions, an opportunity to perform on the same ice. ICE is collaborating with the International Skating Union (ISU) to create an event that will allow for the greatest technical artistic and emotional excitement that only the world’s best skaters can bring to a worldwide audience. Olympic and World Champion, popular television commentator, author and entertainer Scott Hamilton along with three-time Emmy Award- winning figure skating television producer and director Rob Dustin, and respected sports, entertainment and venue executive Bobby Goldwater offer a new sports/entertainment property. ICE, in arenas live and on television globally, is a celebration of figure skating by the greatest athletes of the sport.
ICE..what a apropriate name. wonder yuna will ever participate this event. and how the scoring system will work? old skaters wouldn’t able to jump as they did before..hmm..June 10, 2011 at 11:29 am #8684
Wow…thanks for sharing chWR. This sounds so cool. Yuna will probably medal here too if she participate.
“I really hope that when I leave, my last trace will be beautiful.”-Yuna KimJune 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm #8686
it would be great if MK and Yuna take part of this event. but MK looks busy these days pursuing her other career..June 14, 2011 at 2:38 am #8897
U.S. SKATERS WIN 15 MEDALS AT 2011 INTERNATIONAL ADULT COMPETITION
“I really hope that when I leave, my last trace will be beautiful.”-Yuna KimJune 16, 2011 at 9:44 am #8936
Skater Flatt fined, reprimanded for non-disclosure of injury
“I really hope that when I leave, my last trace will be beautiful.”-Yuna Kim
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