Since beginning her new profession as a Public Diplomacy Envoy, Kwan has had the opportunity to work with two presidents and three Secretaries of State, and she continues to make strides in the global arena as a promoter of American values and athletic interests.
More than 300 people were at the Show Me Center on Thursday night to hear former skating champion Michelle Kwan deliver her thoughts about "Aspiring to Greatness: What it Takes to Win." "I'm curious about her message of what it takes to succeed," said Rui Li, a sophomore at Southeast Missouri State University from Beijing, China, before Kwan's appearance. "I think it will relate to her success as a skater and to what she does now."
Ms. Kwan is attending the event as the Public Diplomacy Envoy for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition.
The Walk a Mile campaign combines two causes that Michelle Kwan is passionate about - promoting healthy living and cultural understanding into one global platform for good.
Winner of 43 championships, more than any other American athlete in history, figure skater Michelle Kwan now travels the world to meet with young people as the first United States (U.S.) Public Diplomacy Envoy. Appointed in 2006 by the U.S. Secretary of State, she has spent the last few years, in between her studies, discussing leadership, social and educational roles.
Whenever a discussion on American women figure skaters comes up, Michelle Kwan (picture) will always be in the mix.
The State Department announced Thursday that figure skater Michelle Kwan would become a public diplomacy ambassador representing sports and U.S. values to the world. The 26-year-old five time world champion who vaulted onto the world figure skating stage at 15 is now a graduate student in political science and international relations at the University of Denver, alma mater of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Kwan seems like a good safe choice to represent U.S. values in diversity and sports excellence.