Figure skater Michelle Kwan (L) of the United States waves with her team during the opening ceremony of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games, February 8, 2002. Athletes from 77 countries will participate in the XIX Winter Games in Utah, February 8-24. REUTERS/Rick Wilking RR/HB (© Reuters Photographer / Reuters/REUTERS)
Olympian figure skater and Senior Advisor and Public Diplomacy Envoy at the U.S. Department of State

Michelle Kwan has won an unprecedented 43 championships, including five World Championships, eight consecutive and nine overall U.S. National Championships and two Olympic medals.  She currently serves as a Senior Advisor and the first Public Diplomacy Envoy at the U.S. Department of State. In June 2010, President Obama appointed Michelle to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, a group that advises the President on ways to engage, empower and educate Americans to lead active, healthy lifestyles.  Also in 2010, Michelle was elected to the Board of Directors of Special Olympics International, the organization’s ultimate governing authority responsible for global affairs and strategies. 

Michelle graduated from the University of Denver in November 2008 with a degree in International Studies.  In May 2011, she received a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, majoring in International Relations.

Michelle’s awards and honors include: selected by ESPN as one of the 40 greatest female athletes of the past 40 years (May 2012); 2003 U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) SportsWoman of the Year; 2001 Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in America; 1998 Sportswoman of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation; 2002 and 2003 Kids’ Choice Award and the 2002 Teen Choice Award as America’s favorite female athlete. In 2003 Michelle earned her seventh U.S. Figure Skating Skater of the Year award, which has since been renamed in her honor. In May 2010, Michelle received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Southern Vermont College.  In January 2012, Michelle was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, the highest honor in U.S. figure skating.  In March 2012, Michelle was elected to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.