American figure skating powerhouse Michelle Kwan is one of the world’s most accomplished athletes and her triple lutz jump on the ice is the stuff of legends. But she is the first to admit that none of her success would have been possible without the support of the team of coaches, trainers and loved ones who guided her path to success. Now, nearly a decade after stepping away from professional figure skating, she is giving back to athletes around the world.
Kwan says she was young when she encountered the Special Olympics and discovered the organization’s immense positive impact. But more than helping people with intellectual disabilities feel included in society, Special Olympics is a family – one that Kwan is proud to call her own.
Kwan first began judging figure skating competitions at Special Olympics World Winter Games, but has become increasingly involved in the organization over the years. She now serves on the Board of Directors.
Giving back to the sports community and beyond is a fixture in Kwan’s life post-figure skating. She was also appointed to the President’s Council of Fitness, Sports and Nutrition in 2010. More recently, Kwan joined Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign as a full-time staffer and is focused on surrogate outreach for the campaign.
Check out this week’s episode of Full Frame, as Michelle Kwan shares the passion and the impact of the Special Olympics worldwide.
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