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IceSkaTennisFan
Nov 8th, 2006, 05:09 PM
http://usocpressbox.org/usoc/pressbox.nsf/6272c9a938d3a5cb8525711000564abd/b326a5f8c0fb7c02852572200061a235?OpenDocument

Go Michelle!!! :hearts:

I hope this has something to do with rewarding Michelle's good sportsmanship and amazing career. Plus, Republicans could use something to divert attention away from the election :tape:

JonBcn
Nov 8th, 2006, 05:13 PM
Perhaps she's going to replace Donal Drumsfeld.

SelesFan70
Nov 8th, 2006, 05:16 PM
Ambassador to Andorra? :lol:

M2k
Nov 8th, 2006, 05:37 PM
http://usocpressbox.org/usoc/pressbox.nsf/6272c9a938d3a5cb8525711000564abd/b326a5f8c0fb7c02852572200061a235?OpenDocument

Go Michelle!!! :hearts:

I hope this has something to do with rewarding Michelle's good sportsmanship and amazing career. Plus, Republicans could use something to divert attention away from the election :tape:


Michelle Kwan :hearts: :hearts: I love her to bits...:hearts: :hearts: Condy Rice was a skater, no?

MisterQ
Nov 8th, 2006, 05:37 PM
She's the new Secretary of Skate!

Paneru
Nov 8th, 2006, 05:39 PM
Michelle Kwan :hearts: :hearts: I love her to bits...:hearts: :hearts: Condy Rice was a skater, no?

Yeah.

Wonder what's up? :cool:

M2k
Nov 8th, 2006, 05:42 PM
Yeah.

Wonder what's up? :cool:

I always wonder...:confused: why couldn't the US gov. fixed the Olympic results to Michelle's favor....
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...kidding :lol: ....or am I? :hehehe:

Sally Struthers
Nov 8th, 2006, 05:43 PM
She's the new Secretary of Skate!

extremely corny but it made me laugh :lol:

Paneru
Nov 8th, 2006, 05:45 PM
Ambassador to Andorra? :lol:

:lol:

The White House this past spring did invite both
Kwan & Yao Ming to a White House Lucheon as
President Hu of China was visiting.

http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/350/michelleandbush6mu.jpg


Not her 1st brush with political power! :lol:
http://heatherw.com/mk/pics/more/pres_dinner.jpg

drake3781
Nov 8th, 2006, 05:52 PM
They are coming out as a couple? :eek: :confused: :p

M2k
Nov 8th, 2006, 05:52 PM
:lol:

The White House this past spring did invite both
Kwan & Yao Ming to a White House Lucheon as
President Hu of China was visiting.

http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/350/michelleandbush6mu.jpg


Not her 1st brush with political power! :lol:
http://heatherw.com/mk/pics/more/pres_dinner.jpg


HIGH FIVE Michelle:yeah: ...look at her taking her place in American history :cool:

plus she loved Clinton as much as I did...:hearts: smart girl ;)

Paneru
Nov 8th, 2006, 05:58 PM
HIGH FIVE Michelle:yeah: ...look at her taking her place in American history :cool:

plus she loved Clinton as much as I did...:hearts: smart girl ;)

She did.

Both he & Hillary sent her a very
lovely letter after the Nagano
Olympics of how proud they
were of her.

She also got to present him
with the Team USA Jacket. :cool:

M2k
Nov 8th, 2006, 06:04 PM
She did.

Both he & Hillary sent her a very
lovely letter after the Nagano
Olympics of how proud they
were of her.

She also got to present him
with the Team USA Jacket. :cool:


...awww that is so touching :kiss: oh that Tara..she is the devil personified :devil:
seriously though, i wish she could skate on 2009 worlds in Los Angeles... :sad: Michelle...either way I hope to see more of her when Hillary becomes president ;)

MrSerenaWilliams
Nov 8th, 2006, 06:20 PM
Michelle My Belle :hearts: :inlove:

égalité
Nov 8th, 2006, 07:39 PM
She's the new Secretary of Skate!

Oh nooooo. :explode:

drake3781
Nov 9th, 2006, 02:54 AM
So what is the story on this? It's odd. :confused:

SelesFan70
Nov 9th, 2006, 02:56 AM
They are coming out as a couple? :eek: :confused: :p

Maybe Rice will serenade her on the piano while she skates...?

Barrie_Dude
Nov 9th, 2006, 03:00 AM
Perhaps she's going to replace Donal Drumsfeld.
No, it's Donald Dumbshit! :haha:

RVD
Nov 9th, 2006, 03:04 AM
Perhaps she's going to replace Donal Drumsfeld.Naw, she'll be added to the axis of evil. Probably due to her sloppy triple lutz-triple toe loop. http://www.lastampa.it/torino2006/cmsSezioni/newsinenglish/200602articoli/2327girata.asp :lol: :lol:

But honestly, I love me some Michelle Kwan. :drool: :hearts:
She's looking quite womanly here:
http://www.lastampa.it/torino2006/cmssezioni/pattFigura/200602images/kwan.jpg

Paneru
Nov 9th, 2006, 03:05 AM
So what is the story on this? It's odd. :confused:

Michelle Kwan to be named ambassador

By BARRY SCHWEID, AP Diplomatic Writer
Wed Nov 8, 2:58 PM ET

WASHINGTON - Michelle Kwan, the American figure skater who holds nine national championships and five world titles, is about to become a nonsalaried U.S. diplomat.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice plans to name the 26-year-old Californian and daughter of Chinese immigrants from Hong Kong as a public diplomacy ambassador, said a senior U.S. official.

Kwan, the biggest star in her sport for a decade, will represent American values especially to young people and sports enthusiasts and is expected to travel widely, the official said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061108/ap_on_en_ot/people_kwan_2


Very cool! :cool:

Also, with her studying Political Science & International Relations
at the University of Denver, great opportunity for her.


The US needs all the diplomacy it can get
right now! ;)

I selfishy hope she does come back to
competitive skating as she got jipped
due to injury last year of compeating
in China for the very 1st time.

RVD
Nov 9th, 2006, 03:09 AM
:lol:

The White House this past spring did invite both
Kwan & Yao Ming to a White House Lucheon as
President Hu of China was visiting.

http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/350/michelleandbush6mu.jpg


Not her 1st brush with political power! :lol:
Oh lawd...!
Please tell me that lone brother in the picture is an ambassador. :sad:

Sam L
Nov 9th, 2006, 08:29 AM
I LOVE both of these women!!! :hearts: I wonder what this is about...

Kunal
Nov 9th, 2006, 09:20 AM
shes the darling of not jus the american public but also lot of fans abroad

Paneru
Nov 9th, 2006, 11:28 PM
Kwan Named America's First Public Diplomacy Envoy

(11/9/06) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today introduced five-time World champion Michelle Kwan as America's first public diplomacy envoy. Secretary Rice, along with Undersecretary Karen Hughes, made the announcement Thursday afternoon in the Treaty Room of the U.S. Department of State.

“Michelle embodies the American dream,” Secretary Rice said. “The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she rose to the heights of artistic and athletic excellence through her discipline, her drive and her determination. Even before Michelle won her first World Championship at age 15, she had already captivated the imaginations of people everywhere with her personal story … a story that is deeply an American story. Now, I am pleased that she is devoting her good name and her patriotism to help further our nation's public diplomacy efforts.”

As a public diplomacy envoy, Rice said that Kwan will help “foster understanding of our democratic principles and the rich diversity of our people.

“One of Michelle's greatest objectives will be to engage and spark dialogue with young people all around the world by helping to tell America's story through her own story,” Rice said.

Rice and Kwan have a few things in common. The secretary was also a competitive figure skater as a child, and Kwan is following in Rice's footsteps by attending the University of Denver and majoring in political science and international relations.

Rice said the challenges she faced in figure skating, including handling constant performance appraisal, dealing with constant media scrutiny and the judgment of the international community, helped in some ways to prepare her for her role as secretary of state. Those same challenges will help Kwan as she embarks on a new journey.

“It is a real honor to accept this appointment,” Kwan said. “As an athlete, I was very proud to represent the United States, and now to do it in this position is really, really special to me.

“I started competing around the world and representing the United States at age 12, and I can say that the last 14 years I was in training for this position and this job today. I've always wanted to somehow serve our country, to contribute and to make a difference, and I feel that in this position I can do just that. I look forward to sharing my experience – my story – and the lessons that I've learned in competition – things like dedication, setting goals and how to go about achieving them; the importance of teamwork, and the reality of life that it's not always smooth sailing, and sometimes you have to pick yourself up and keep on going. I believe these are universal experiences.”

Kwan said she is excited to interact with young people across the world and share positive things about the culture and the people of the United States.

“I hope in small way I can bring people, and maybe even countries closer together.” :hug: :kiss:

http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/7210/r3292167653bf1.jpg http://img459.imageshack.us/img459/6276/r2801388555fm4.jpg
http://www.usfigureskating.org/content/kwan-rice.jpg

http://www.usfigureskating.org/Story.asp?id=36509&type=news


:cool:

Kwan is both a bronze and silver Olympic medalist and, according to the U.S. Olympic team, is tied with Dick Button and Carol Heiss as the Americans with the most World titles in skating.

The appointment is somewhat reminiscent of one made a generation ago by President Nixon, who in the midst of the strife over the Vietnam War chose one of the world's most loved personalities – Shirley Temple Black, all grown up and ready to tackle serious matters – as a delegate to the United Nations. It was the beginning of a more than two-decade long career in diplomacy for the former child star, including postings as ambassador in Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

Black and Kwan do have a bit in common. Both 5'2'' and from California, each started their careers at a very early age – Black doing her first songs and dances for the movie cameras at age three back in 1931, and Kwan hitting the ice at five – imitating her skating siblings.

Both also have had dolls named after them, probably not a bad thing when in search of goodwill. :D

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/11/09/entertainment/main2165106.shtml

RVD
Nov 10th, 2006, 12:56 AM
Here's wishing Kwan the best of fortune and success in her role as ambassador. :worship:

Truth be told, I've always seen her as an ambassador. Now, it's official. :cool:

drake3781
Nov 10th, 2006, 02:05 AM
I have some questions about this:

Is this part of a program, already having other "ambassadors"?
If so, who are the other ones?
Who makes the selections?
Is this a paid position?
How much is the salary?
What budget does it come from?

I don't think anyone here knows these answers, but those are my questions.

drake3781
Nov 10th, 2006, 03:15 AM
I have some questions about this:

Is this part of a program, already having other "ambassadors"?
If so, who are the other ones?
Who makes the selections?
Is this a paid position?
How much is the salary?
What budget does it come from?

I don't think anyone here knows these answers, but those are my questions.

I had a suspicious feeling about this. This is a political appointment, apparently.

Skating star Kwan gets new diplomacy job

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061109/sp_nm/diplomacy_kwan_dc

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hoping to boost America's image abroad, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice appointed U.S. figure skating star Michelle Kwan on Thursday as a public diplomacy envoy for the Bush administration.

Once an aspiring skater herself, Rice said Kwan showed humility and grace under pressure during her athletic career and was the perfect choice as a goodwill ambassador.

"It is a time of great consequence in the world and I know you are going to play an important and valuable role for our nation," said Rice, with Kwan, 26, at her side.

As the top U.S. diplomat, Rice has a bag full of diplomatic challenges -- from the growing violence in Iraq to North Korea and Iran's nuclear programs.

The State Department hopes using sports and other public figures as envoys will stem a tide of suspicion over U.S. foreign policy goals, particularly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Kwan's main job will be to meet young people worldwide to tell them more about America and foster an understanding of "our democratic principles," said Rice.

Speaking to reporters afterward, the five-time World figure skating champion said her first trip would be to Asia, likely starting in Beijing

"I am not here to talk about my political views," Kwan said, when asked whether she would promote the Bush administration's democracy agenda, which has been met with hostility in many Arab nations, in particular.

The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Kwan is now studying at the University of Denver, Rice's alma mater. She withdrew from Olympic competition earlier this year because of an injury.

Kwan met Rice during a White House luncheon this year with China's president and offered to help in any way she could to promote the imagine of the United States image abroad.

Sam L
Nov 10th, 2006, 07:54 AM
Fantastic news for Michelle but QUESTION(!): What does this mean for her skating career? Is it over? :sad:

Kunal
Nov 10th, 2006, 10:08 AM
boah...quite the career change

Paneru
Nov 10th, 2006, 12:37 PM
I have some questions about this:

Is this part of a program, already having other "ambassadors"?
If so, who are the other ones?
Who makes the selections?
Is this a paid position?
How much is the salary?
What budget does it come from?

I don't think anyone here knows these answers, but those are my questions.

No, Kwan will not get paid as
stated in a majority of the articles.

This is a nonsalaried position.

Paneru
Nov 10th, 2006, 12:39 PM
Fantastic news for Michelle but QUESTION(!): What does this mean for her skating career? Is it over? :sad:

No, this does not mean
her skating career is over.

Just another thing to balance
in her schedule.

Sam L
Nov 10th, 2006, 12:42 PM
No, this does not mean
her skating career is over.

Just another thing to balance
in her schedule.

Then when will she compete again? I want her to get that gold damn it. :mad:

Paneru
Nov 10th, 2006, 01:01 PM
Then when will she compete again? I want her to get that gold damn it. :mad:

As I posted in the FS thread, Michelle said she'll decide if
she'll compete next season over the summer. And her agent
said in regards to her skating, if she planned not to return
she'd have retired already.

Sam L
Nov 10th, 2006, 01:03 PM
As I posted in the FS thread, Michelle said she'll decide if
she'll compete next season over the summer. And her agent
said in regards to her skating, if she planned not to return
she'd have retired already.
Thanks but why the attitude? You seem to be annoyed.

Paneru
Nov 10th, 2006, 01:09 PM
Thanks but why the attitude? You seem to be annoyed.

That's what/how it was said! :lol:

Her agent seemed a bit annoyed
by the same question over and
over again.

Sam L
Nov 10th, 2006, 01:12 PM
That's what/how it was said! :lol:

Her agent seemed a bit annoyed
by the same question over and
over again.
:lol:

Malin
Nov 10th, 2006, 04:40 PM
i could see michelle as our first woman president

M2k
Nov 10th, 2006, 04:49 PM
...very interesting...Michelle is really going places...

As for her Skating ...I think she is done with and ready to move on... I think life is taking her into a different and more important path... The moment she withdrew from the Olympics...it was all over for her(skating wise that is). Public relations seems to be her true calling :hearts: Good luck girl :worship:

Apoleb
Nov 10th, 2006, 04:51 PM
She looks gorgeous in those pics.

Paneru
Nov 10th, 2006, 05:01 PM
...very interesting...Michelle is really going places...

As for her Skating ...I think she is done with and ready to move on... I think life is taking her into a different and more important path... The moment she withdrew from the Olympics...it was all over for her(skating wise that is). Public relations seems to be her true calling :hearts: Good luck girl :worship:

Funny you should say that,
because Michelle has other plans.

Michelle Kwan Named to Diplomatic Role
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2006 09:30AM EST
By Susan Mandel

http://img.timeinc.net/people/i/2006/news/061120/michelle_kwan180.jpg

Figure-skating champion Michelle Kwan will represent America as the country's first public diplomacy envoy, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice announced Thursday at a State Department press briefing.

"Michelle embodies the American dream," Rice said of the five-time world figure skating winner and nine-time U.S. title holder. "The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she rose to the heights of artistic and athletic excellence through her discipline, her drive and her determination."

Kwan said she hopes that by telling her own story she can help young people around the world better understand the U.S. and its values. "I hope they learn from my experience some of the lessons that I've learned from competing, like dedication and to persevere, to have goals and how to go about achieving your goals, the importance of teamwork, diversity," she told PEOPLE.

"I think that is a lot of the values that American culture has: diversity, the dreams that we have and opportunities we have," she added. "I think that's the message that I can send."

Her first mission in her new role will be a trip to Asia, possibly in January. "I look forward to interacting with young people and sharing positive things about America, its culture, its people, and the great things America stands for," she said. "As an athlete I've always been proud to represent the United States. And now to do it in this position is really, really special to me."

The 26-year old put away her skates after an injury forced her to withdraw from the 2006 Olympics in February. She's been focusing on her studies at the University of Denver, where she's a sophomore.

"I think competing really opened my eyes to how many souls you can reach," she told PEOPLE. "I always wanted to somehow serve our country and represent the United States and I did that in two Olympics. I wanted to do something different. Going to school and studying political science and international studies, maybe I can have a bigger hand in it and maybe make a bigger difference."

Rice noted that Kwan is following in her footsteps: Rice attended the University of Denver, studied the same subjects and even skated competitively. "She's on her way, I'm sure, to being Secretary of State one day," Rice said.

But when asked what she'd like to be doing in 20 years, Kwan demurred. "It's hard to say. I take one thing at a time."

In the near term, she may return to competitive skating, she said. "For this year I'm taking a year off and focusing on school. Maybe next year I'll come back and lace up my skates," she said, but added that it's too early for her to be thinking about the 2010 Olympics.

Michelle has always been smart about how she handles it,
having said, "You don't close any doors unless you know
for sure you want them closed".

Wise words. :cool:


So we'll see how she is feeling
when time comes to make the
decisions one way or the other.

M2k
Nov 10th, 2006, 05:06 PM
Funny you should say that,
because Michelle has other plans.



Michelle has always been smart about how she handles it,
having said, "You don't close any doors unless you know
for sure you want them closed".

Wise words. :cool:


So we'll see how she is feeling
when time comes to make the
decisions one way or the other.


hehe Paneru..you know you and I can talk about Michelle until the cows come home ...;) but that article is by no means anything to go by...;) I guess will have to see next year..I think we should make a bet of some sort ;)

Paneru
Nov 10th, 2006, 05:14 PM
hehe Paneru..you know you and I can talk about Michelle until the cows come home ...;) but that article is by no means anything to go by...;) I guess will have to see next year..I think we should make a bet of some sort ;)

Well, actually, those few words in this article have
summed up her attitude towards her skating career
since SLC. Meaning, she's been going year by year
and nothing is set in stone, with it all being about
how she is feeling come time for decisions.

She's made those same comments atleast once every
skating season since the SLC Games came to a conclusion.

It has driven some fans crazy and some
detractors who want her gone, up the
proverbial wall. :lol:

M2k
Nov 10th, 2006, 05:30 PM
Well, actually, those few words in this article have
summed up her attitude towards her skating career
since SLC. Meaning, she's been going year by year
and nothing is set in stone, with it all being about
how she is feeling come time for decisions.

She's made those same comments atleast once every
skating season since the SLC Games came to a conclusion.

It has driven some fans crazy and some
detractors who want her gone, up the
proverbial wall. :lol:


but it's completely different this time around...She will be 27 next season...time and logic will tell us that her day is coming (obviously I already think her time is gone :( )

Paneru
Nov 10th, 2006, 05:55 PM
but it's completely different this time around...She will be 27 next season...time and logic will tell us that her day is coming (obviously I already think her time is gone :( )

Well, Maria Butyrskaya skated in
SLC @ the age of 29.

Irina Slutskaya will be 28 by the end
of this season and she is still eligible.
She said she may be at nationals and
go to worlds.

If they want to compete and feel they
still can, I say go for it! :)

Paneru
Nov 15th, 2006, 06:47 PM
Here's a pic of CR on Ice:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1665000/images/_1669025_condi_skate150.jpg

MrSerenaWilliams
Nov 15th, 2006, 06:49 PM
:awww: :hug: how cute...I'm sure Michelle'll be great, but I really want to see her on the ice :tears:

RVD
Nov 15th, 2006, 07:45 PM
Here's a pic of CR on Ice:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1665000/images/_1669025_condi_skate150.jpgHumph...? That's amazing. :scratch:
I wondered for the longest whether Condi was as fugly in her youth as she is today. And this pic certainly answered that question for me. :lol:
Nice legs though...:angel: