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Michelle Kwan      

Olympic Silver Medalist & Most Decorated Figure Skater in World Championship History; United States Ambassador to Belize

Michelle Kwan is the most-decorated skater in U.S. Figure Skating history, having won two Olympic medals, five World titles, and nine U.S. titles. Kwan's eight consecutive U.S. titles (1998-2005) and 12 consecutive U.S. medals (1994-2005) are records. She is the only female in figure skating history to reclaim the World title three times (1998, 2000, ’03).

Kwan’s illustrious skating background is coupled with an equally successful career in international relations, diplomacy, and politics. In 2006, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice named Kwan a public diplomacy ambassador, a position that continued under the Obama administration. In 2009, Kwan graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in international studies. In 2011, she earned a master’s degree in international relations from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The same year she was named a senior adviser to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S-China Women's Leadership Exchange and Dialogue (Women-LEAD).

Since then, Michelle Kwan has been involved in a variety of public service and political campaigns including but not limited to the Clinton Presidential Campaign, the Special Olympics, and several U.S. midterm election movements in 2018. Most recently, she worked for Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign as the director of surrogates and 2021 senior advisor to the Presidential Inaugural Committee. In December 2021, President Joe Biden nominated Kwan to serve as the United States Ambassador to Belize.

Speech Topics

Aspiring to Greatness: What It Takes to Win

There are bound to be disappointments in life. Aspiration, the power to bounce back, the ability to persevere in the face of adversity is what carries you through. A world-class champion whose performances have been called “the gold standard for future generations of figure skaters,” Michelle Kwan shares with her audience the planning, practice and preparation it takes to reach the heights of success. Kwan uses her athletic and diplomatic experience as a parallel to individual and organizational performance, showing that the top finishers are not always the ones who come in first but are instead the ones with the will, courage and determination to get up when they fall and keep going. Whatever the challenge, staying focused on a mission and always having high standards can put anyone on the path to success—whether on or off the ice.

Michelle Kwan – Figure Skating Legend

The most decorated figure skater in U.S. history and one of the world’s most admired athletes, Michelle Kwan shows how passion, focus and commitment have made her a success—both on and off the ice.

From a very young age, figure skater Michelle Kwan displayed remarkable drive, determination and passion in the pursuit of her competitive goals, all of which propelled her to the very pinnacle of her sport. For over a decade Kwan dominated figure skating like no other skater in history, winning an unprecedented 43 championships, including five World Championships, nine U.S. National Championships and two Olympic medals. Her off-ice accomplishments have been equally impressive, being named America’s first Public Diplomacy Envoy by the Secretary of State and appointed by President Obama to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition. Through her unique perspective as a world class athlete and global spokesperson, Kwan shares with her audience the passion, perseverance and plain old hard work needed to succeed in even the most complicated and difficult situations. She is a true winner and leader who lives by the skating maxim that one must first learn how to fall and pull themselves back up before they can learn to succeed. Kwan has been named Sportswoman of the Year by both the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Women’s Sports Foundation, has won the Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in America, and was selected one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World”.


Michelle Kwan to be US ambassador to Belize - CNN
President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced his intention to nominate Michelle Kwan, a former Olympic figure skater and longtime Democratic activist, to serve as ambassador to Belize.
Michelle Kwan makes time for ice skating and U.S. diplomacy - Los ...
Two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan serves as an inspiration to Alysa Liu and the next generation of figure skaters.

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