Senior Adviser, Public Dipolomacy and Public Affairs
U.S. Department of State
Michelle Kwan's skating brilliance and accomplishments have earned her a place among the all-time greats of the sport. For over a decade (1995-2005) Michelle 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.
Michelle's activities off the ice have been equally noteworthy. In November 2006, the Secretary of State appointed Michelle as the first U.S. Public Diplomacy Envoy. In this capacity Michelle travels the world and meets with young people to speak about leadership and to engage them in dialogue on social and educational issues. To date, she has visited China, Russia, Argentina, Ukraine, Korea and Singapore. In 2010 President Obama appointed Michelle to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, the group that advices the President on ways to engage, empower and educate all Americans to lead healthy, active lifestyles.