Michelle Kwan

Michelle Kwan

Michelle Kwan
Quick Facts About Michelle Kwan
Celebrated Name Michelle Kwan
Age 42 years old
Nick Name Shelly
Birth Name Michelle Wingshan Kwan
Birth Date 1980-07-07
Gender Female
Profession figure skater
Nationality American
Place of Birth Torrance, California, the US
Ethnicity Asian (Chinese)
Horoscope Cancer
Religion Christianity
Father Danny Kwan
Mother Estella Kwan
Sister Ron and Karen
High School Rim of the World High Schoo
University University of Denver
Sexualorientation straight
Marital Status divorced
Husband Clay Pell
Net Worth $12 million
Salary $500K per year
Children 1
Height 5 ft 1 inch
Weight 48 Kg
Body Shape hourglass
Dress Size 2 (US)
Body Measurement 29-24-33 inches
Eye Color dark brown
Hair Color black

Michelle Kwan is one of the greatest figure skaters of all time. During her career, She was well-known for her consistency and expressive artistry on ice, as well as her strong skating skills and deep, quiet edges that have been described as "silent blades" that "barely whispered". She was also known for her musicality and ability to combine grace and artistry with athleticism.

Who is Michelle Kwan?

Michelle Kwan is an American retired figure skater. She is a two-time Olympic medalist (silver in 1998, bronze in 2002), a five-time World champion (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003), and a nine-time U.S. champion (1996, 1998–2005). She is tied with Maribel Vinson for the all-time National Championship record.


For well over a decade, Kwan maintained her status not only as America's most popular figure skater but as one of America's most popular female athletes. She competed at the senior level for over a decade and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.

From 1997 to 2005, Kwan was the U.S. Figure Skating Association's top-paid skater in appearance fees and prize money, as well as one of the highest-paid Winter Olympic athletes in endorsements. She was also the highest-paid skater on the Champions on Ice tours. 

As of now, Kwan, 41, is treasurer and a board member of Special Olympics International. She joined Biden's presidential campaign in 2019 as director of surrogates and worked in a similar capacity for the former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.

What ethnicity is Michelle Kwan? 

Michelle Kwan was born on 7th July 1980 in Torrance, California, the US. Her birth name is Michelle Wingshan Kwan. She holds an American nationality and belongs to the Asian (Chinese) ethnicity. Her star sign is Cancer. She is a follower of Christianity. 

Michelle was born into a working-class family. She was the third child of Danny Kwan (father) and Estella Kwan(mother), Chinese immigrants from Hong Kong. Her father was a native of Canton and emigrated from Hong Kong to California in 1971. After their settlement in America, Michelle, and their two solder sisters Ron and Karen were born. 

At the age of five, Michelle developed an interest in figure skating and began serious training when Michelle was about eight years old. She completed her high school education from Rim of the World High School in 1998. In June 2009, she graduated from Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies with a bachelor's degree in international studies and a minor in political science.

The same year, she began graduate studies in international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and graduated in 2011. 

Is Michelle Kwan married?

Michelle Kwan is currently single. She was once married to Clay Pell, an American lawyer, military officer, and former director for strategic planning on the National Security staff at the White House. After meeting with each other in April 2011 and soon fell in love with each other. After dating for one year, the love birds were engaged in September 2012. 

Their wedding took place on January 19, 2013, in Providence, Rhode Island. With their marriage, the couple remained husband and wife for four years until 2017. After four years of marriage, Pell filed for divorce from Kwan in March 2017 in California and their divorce was finalized in mid-2017. The couple has no children together. 

On Wednesday, January 5 of 2022, the ice skater announced the birth of her first child, through Instagram. On her Instagram post, Kwan revealed her baby girl's name is Kalista Belle Kwan. Kwan shared: "I'm overjoyed and tears of happiness are streaming down my face as I share the news."

She continued: "I've always wanted to be a mom and, to me, she's a perfect miracle." Michelle Kwan however did not disclose the identity of her daughter's father on Instagram but continued to thank her family and loved ones on her post.

How much is Michelle Kwan worth?

As of 2021, the net worth of Michelle Kwan is estimated to be the US $12 million. She has accumulated most of her earnings through her skating career. The major portion of her wealth comes from endorsement deals as well. Her involvement in several Television networks and organizations yields her extra income.

Becoming a five-time World champion, she bagged around $3 million as a prize after claiming the title. She has become U.S. champion nine times in 1996 and from 1998 to 2005 consecutively. The prize money for winning the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at that time was around $100,000.

Kwan has represented a number of products and companies throughout her career including Campbell's soup, Caress soap(Unilever), Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, Disney, Kraft, Mattel, McDonald's, Minute Maid, Riedell Skates, Royal Caribbean, United Airlines, Yoplait yogurt, and Starbucks.

She was one of the highest-paid female athletes in the early 2000s, having earned an estimated $2 million from endorsements in 2002. With her massive earnings, she is living a luxurious lifestyle. She owns a beautiful mansion in her hometown Torrance, CA. Her car collection includes a Nissan Sentra ( $20,975) and Toyota Prius ($32,650).

Michelle Kwon Height, Weight, Size

Michelle Kwon is 5 ft 1 inch tall and his body weight is around 48 Kg. She has an hourglass-shaped body. Her curvaceous body measures 29-24-33 inches (Bust-Waist-Hip). The Dress size of 2 (US) perfectly fits on her body. She wears a bra size of 34B(US). 

She feels comfortable wearing 6(US) size shoes. She looks elegant in her medium-sized silky hairstyle that is black in color. She has a pair of dark brown eyes. She keeps herself fit and active by doing yoga regularly. For exercise, she says she runs and does Bikram yoga and Pilates.

Facts About Michelle Kwan

  • #1She was coached by Rafael Arutyunyan, Frank Carroll, and Scott Williams.
  • #2Her first wiining title was the 1994 World Junior Championships.
  • #3Her wedding gown was designed by Vera Wang.
  • #4She is a longtime supporter of the Special Olympics.
  • #5She has appeared in the Michelle Kwan Figure Skating computer game.
  • #6On December 15, 2021, President Joe Biden announced that he intended to nominate Kwan to be United States Ambassador to Belize.
  • #7She is a member of the Democratic Party.
  • #8In 2002 and 2003, Kwan won the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award for favorite female athlete.
  • #9She is a recipient of the prestigious James E. Sullivan Award.
  • #10She is one of only two multiple winners of the "Readers' Choice Figure Skater of the Year" award.

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