Figure Skating Champion Michelle Kwan Speaking March 6 at Southeast


by News Bureau on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

Michelle Kwan

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 20, 2013 — Olympian and World Figure Skating champion Michelle Kwan will speak March 6 at Southeast Missouri State University as part of the 2012-2013 Speakers Series.

Kwan’s presentation, “Aspiring to Greatness: What It Takes to Win,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Show Me Center.

Kwan is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history, whose skating brilliance and accomplishments earned her a place among the all-time greats of the sport. From 1995 to 2005, Kwan dominated the sport like no other skater in history, winning an unprecedented 43 championships, including five World Championships, eight consecutive and nine overall U.S. National Championships and two Olympic medals. In the nearly 100-year history of U.S. figure skating, no American man or woman has won more world titles, national titles or Olympic medals.

In 2003, Kwan earned her seventh U.S. Figure Skating Skater of the Year award. In her honor, it is now called the Michelle Kwan Trophy. In January 2012, Kwan was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, the highest honor in U.S. figure skating. In June 2010, President Obama appointed Kwan to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and in March 2012 she was elected to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

Kwan’s presentation is open to the public. Tickets are required for entry. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at and the Show Me Center Box Office. Current Southeast faculty, staff and students can use a valid Redhawks ID to pick up a free ticket in the University Center Room 202, the Center for Student Involvement or the Show Me Center Box Office.