Great Boot Quotes in History:
This is one small step for a boot, one Giant leap for BOOT NATION!
Female Athletes and Boots Month - Ice Skating Week (Bonus Day) Michelle Kwan
Michelle Kwan is the most loved U.S. female athlete of
all-time. Her career is marked by unsurpassed brilliance and heartbreaking defeat. Five time World Champion (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003); Nine time U.S. Champion including eight consecutive titles from 1998 - 2005; Silver Medal at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan and Bronze Medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history. In 2012 Michelle was inducted into both the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the
World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
Accolades and medals cannot describe how Kwan is appreciated. Michelle Kwan is one of the rare athletes who transcends her sport. Michelle's Olympic career was marked by incredible disappointment, from her missing the 1994 Winter Games in Lillihamer, Norway when Tonia Harding should have been disqualified for her role in the attack on fellow American skater, Nancy Kerrigan to her crushing defeat to Tara Lipinski at the 1998 Winter Olympic games to her eventual withdrawal from the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.
None of those "failures" matter though. Michelle Kwan's legacy is that of a winner, her World Championships,
U.S. Championships, silver and bronze Olympic medals are only part of her legacy. Kwan never quit, she never gave up and she always had a smile at the end of the day. Kwan has come to realize her importance as a person to us all and how her willingness to continue fighting is an inspiration to everyone.
Today, Michelle Kwan is a mentor to 2010 Winter Olympic gold medalist Yu-na Kim. They have become close friends and have skated together in Korea. The only question I have is: when did Michelle Kwan get so pretty! Her big brown eyes, long black hair and tiny body are amazing. But it's her easy laugh and infectious smile that really touches us.
Lastly, Michelle does wear her knee-high boots from time to time. But unlike other "good girls" we don't want her to put on her boots and kick us. We just want to watch her skate.