(KTSF by Sean Au)
She is the most decorated athlete in the history of U.S. figure skating. Michelle Kwan from Torrance, has been inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
It has been six years she last competed in skating. Kwan says she is happy to be surrounded by her family, former coaches and members from the figure skating federation on this special occasion. She has pleasant memories at San Jose, having won her some of her first accolades here.
“I miss everything about skating to tell you the truth,” Kwan says. “I miss the routine. I miss training every day. I miss my friends at the rink. I miss competing. I love performing. Skating is something that will always be close to my heart. It will always be there.”
31 year old Kwan was born in Southern California, her parents are immigrants from Hong Kong. Kwan first entered the ice rink at 5, and had since won 9 U.S. Championships and 5 World Championships. Kwan has won medals at the Winter Olympics: a silver in Nagano in 1998 and a bronze in Salt Lake City in 2002. In 2006, she was forced to withdraw from competition in Turin due to an injury.
Kwan hopes to inspire the young to participate in sports and take care of their health. For those aspiring to be a sportsman, her advice is not to neglect your studies.
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