A day after being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Michelle Kwan was honored with an on-ice ceremony during a break in the women’s competition last night.
A video montage of Kwan’s career highlights was shown, and she was introduced by her friend and mentor, Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano.
“I was fortunate to see her career unfold and to see the wonderful woman that she has become, a woman with grace, poise and purpose,” Boitano said. “Her contribution to skating has been much more than the skating itself. It’s in way she conducts herself. People always talk about using the tools we learn as top competitors in other areas of our life and Michelle actually does that. That’s what makes her, in the truest sense of the words, a role model.”
Greeted with a standing ovation, Kwan fought back tears before saying how honored she was to be the newest member of the Hall of Fame. She was inducted Friday night in the city where she won the first of her nine U.S. titles.
“I’d like to thank all of you, skating fans, for always cheering me on both on the ice and off the ice,” she said.
Kwan was the face of figure skating for a decade, winning five world titles, as well as the silver medal at the Nagano Olympics in 1998 and a bronze at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002. Her success and the graciousness she showed in defeat gave her huge crossover appeal, evidenced by mentions of her on “The Simpsons,” “Will and Grace” and “Wheel of Fortune” that were included in Saturday’s montage.