Michelle Kwan – Hall of Fame Class of 2012

15 Dec

Michelle Kwan, the most decorated figure skater in American history, has been elected to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2012. To honor this occasion, SKATING magazine blog will be publishing each of the SKATING magazine covers Kwan has appeared on each hour for the next seven hours! Be sure to check back each hour and re-live the career of Michelle Kwan.


Michelle graduated from the University of Denver in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in international studies. In May of 2011, she graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University with a master’s degree in international relations. In 2006, Michelle was appointed the first public diplomacy envoy, a role she continues to fill under President Barack Obama.


Michelle won SKATING magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award a record seven times. In 2003, the U.S. Figure Skating, which publishes SKATING, announced that the award would be renamed the “Michelle Kwan Trophy.”


In 2001, Michelle received the prestigious James E. Sullivan Award, which is given to America’s best amateur athlete.


Michelle received 57 perfect 6.0 marks in major competitions, the most of any skater in history. She was awarded at least one 6.0 at her last five U.S. Championships, a record that will endure as the 6.0 system is no longer used. At the 1998 U.S. Championships, Kwan earned a record 15 perfect 6.0 marks out of a possible 18.


Michelle won a U.S. record nine World medals — 5 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze. Her nine U.S. titles is a record she shares with Maribel Vinson Owen.


After a pair of silver-medal performances at the U.S. Championships in 1994 and 1995, Michelle won the first of nine U.S. titles in San Jose, Calif., in 1996.


Michelle’s interest in figure skating began at the age of 5 when she followed her older siblings onto the ice. Ron was a hockey player and Karen was a figure skater.

About these ads

4 Responses to “Michelle Kwan – Hall of Fame Class of 2012”

  1. patriciaorzechowski December 15, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    congrats to michelle, she was so young and bright eyes and full of promise which i felt she totally fulfilled both on and off ice.

  2. Loretta Allen December 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    She was the best ever! It did not matter to her fans that she didn’t win Olympic Gold but we were sad for her because she wanted it so badly. She was gracious and humble in defeat and I loved her for that. I’ll never forget her exhibition skate in that gold dress after she had lost. My heart just went out to her as she skated with tears in her eyes, I was crying harder than she was. She ought to receive an honorary gold medal. I really don’t think there will ever be another American skater male or female who will be as good as she was and who will have the large fan base she had.

    • Jeanette Feight February 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      I agree with everything Loretta has said!!! I just loved to watch her skate!!! I too, was crying harder than she was after she fell!!!!! She so deserves this Hall of Fame honor!!! I am so glad she got it!!!!


  1. SKATING Magazine Cover – January « SKATINGMagazine - January 4, 2012

    [...] solo cover for Michelle Kwan, the most of anyone in history. To see the other seven covers, click here. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this [...]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 321 other followers

%d bloggers like this: