Michelle Kwan Skates Away with Disney...

Michelle Kwan Skates Away with Disney Deal

There are 83 comments on the Promo story from Feb 18, 2006, titled Michelle Kwan Skates Away with Disney Deal. In it, Promo reports that:

Figure skater Michelle Kwan signed a deal with The Walt Disney Co. to act as a celebrity spokesperson, the company said last week.

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ALEXANDRA

Toronto, Canada

#21 Mar 26, 2006
are you sad you had to miss the olympics email me at [email protected]
steve

Princeton Junction, NJ

#22 Mar 26, 2006
Media Critic wrote:
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That's funny, as I didn't see Kwan's name on the board at any time during the 2006 Olympics, except perhaps on the board listing skaters who quit (or, if you like, did a "Swan Song") before the competition even started. Meissner just won the World Championships at the age of 16, something Kwan also did as a teenager.(Also worthy of note is the fact that Kwan opted out of the worlds this year after her meltdown in Torino. Cohen also shot craps at that competition, although at least she competed.) We will have to wait to see if

Meissner will ultimately be compared to Kwan, who despite

being a great champion, was never a great Olympian.
Michelle was not named as a member of the world team (her bye was for the Olympic team).
Media Critic

Belton, MO

#23 Mar 27, 2006
steve wrote:
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Michelle was not named as a member of the world team (her bye was for the Olympic team).
Sorry, I did not mean to imply otherwise. Instead of saying "opted out," I should have said "did not compete." After what happened in Torino, American women's figure skating authorities would have lost all remaining credibility if they had bent the rules once again and named Kwan to the world championship team.
mia

Larose, LA

#24 Mar 27, 2006
Media Critic wrote:
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That's funny, as I didn't see Kwan's name on the board at any time during the 2006 Olympics, except perhaps on the board listing skaters who quit (or, if you like, did a "Swan Song") before the competition even started. Meissner just won the World Championships at the age of 16, something Kwan also did as a teenager.(Also worthy of note is the fact that Kwan opted out of the worlds this year after her meltdown in Torino. Cohen also shot craps at that competition, although at least she competed.) We will have to wait to see if Meissner will ultimately be compared to Kwan, who despite being a great champion, was never a great Olympian.
Boo Hoo for Sasha. While her short program was awesome, I see her MELTDOWN occured during the long program. What a shame that she will retire without every beating Michelle for a major title. Lets not forget that like Michelle, Sasha will also never have an Olympic gold medal. Maybe during her long program she was thinking of the acting jobs she has been offered instead of her program. It is a shame, because she is a brilliant skater.
Ann

Hartford, CT

#25 Mar 27, 2006
ALEXANDRA wrote:
are you sad you had to miss the olympics email me at [email protected]
Michelle Kwan DID NOT opt out of the 2006 world championships, she was not selected for the team. Get your facts straight, you obviously are uninformed!
Media Critic

Belton, MO

#26 Mar 30, 2006
Ann wrote:
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Michelle Kwan DID NOT opt out of the 2006 world championships, she was not selected for the team. Get your facts straight, you obviously are uninformed!
If you'd have taken two seconds to read my last post, you'd have seen that I quickly corrected myself.(Evidently, some of us fail to get their facts straight by reading what's right in front of them before they complain about someone else being inaccurate.) Meanwhile, you have added nothing substantive to the thread and don't take a position one way or the other, so there's nothing further to say.
Emilyisfat

Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico

#27 Apr 2, 2006
Michelle would won both the olympics and world, Emily can't skate without always falling on her asre because she is fat.

Maybe Emily keeps falling because she thinks there is food under the ice one of these times the girl will take off one of skates and begain chiping away at the ice with her skate trying to break the ice in hopes of finding food.
molly

Allentown, PA

#28 Apr 3, 2006
go to hell emily hughes wrote:
compare to sasha cohen, emily hughes is nothing. she can't jump well, can't spin well, she went to torino just lucky for michelle could not go, but emily's skating skill was far behind away from sasha cohen. sasha, you are the best, we americans support you no matter other idiots say about you. next month go and get the world championship back home. can emily get it? i wonder!!!

btw, russian coaches help united states, no way, they came just for the money, not for "help".
I think it's wrong to judge emily so harshly! she just needs a little more time to mature in her skating!
Sasha is great i love her skating but to say she's the best when she can't keep her program clean is just unfair.
gracie

Allentown, PA

#29 Apr 3, 2006
pam wrote:
Boo. She should not have even gone over to Italy. She used money and clout to push others out of the spotlight.

O poor Michelle. She can't go to the try outs in St. Louis because she is injured. What's that poor Michelle? You want to go anyway?

Ok. U can go. What's that? Poor Michelle can't skate even after we sent her over there? Oh that's ok. Maybe Disney will give you millions.

At first, my only disrespect was for her and the Olympics. Now I add Disney to my list.

She should have stayed home and given others a chance.

I hope she really has a groin injury and suffers for years.



Thank goodness there are honorable people in the world with integrity like Michelle Kwan. Unfortunately we have way too many people in the world like Don. He is a great example of what's wrong in this country. Maybe we should deport him to Irag.
iagree with you.machelle gave up her place for other girls. i know she was hurt but she could have been selfish and gone anyway!that is a mean thing to say that you hope it hurts her forever!:-(
Linda

Stanford, CA

#30 Apr 4, 2006
gracie, you are right!

Keep in mind that these skaters are only human. They have desires and dreams. They have their strengths and weaknesses. They have to deal with all kinds of injuries throughout their career in order to realize their dreams.

Just because they have worked harder and achived more than probably most of us here doesn't mean we get to apply higher standards to them.

If you enjoy their skating, good for you. If you don't like them for whatever reason, don't watch them. But give them and yourself some respect.
Rachel

Miami, FL

#31 Apr 4, 2006
I agree with you, Linda. It's nice to see a rational posting. I don't know why some cannot have a favorite skater without being so critical and negative about other skaters.

I have tremendous respect for all the skaters who make it to this level. They have trained hard and have given up what so many teenagers and young adults take for granted.
Emilyissoolastse ason

Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico

#32 Apr 5, 2006
Michelle is back and Emily is sooo last season.
Emily can't even beat Michelle in her dreams.

Michelle Kwan not ready to rule out future Olympics
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12162360/

Michelle will be back next season.
Angel

Issaquah, WA

#33 Apr 27, 2006
Don wrote:
Boo. She should not have even gone over to Italy. She used money and clout to push others out of the spotlight.
O poor Michelle. She can't go to the try outs in St. Louis because she is injured. What's that poor Michelle? You want to go anyway?
Ok. U can go. What's that? Poor Michelle can't skate even after we sent her over there? Oh that's ok. Maybe Disney will give you millions.
At first, my only disrespect was for her and the Olympics. Now I add Disney to my list.
She should have stayed home and given others a chance.
I hope she really has a groin injury and suffers for years.
GOD you're stupid. SERIOUSLY, i mean GET A LIFE!! i agree with BOTH of those first two. you are IMATUREAND STUPID. SO GUESS WHAT??? WISHING SOMEONE'S DEAD IS RETARDED!!! MICHELLE ROCKS!!!
Kwan for 2010

Prides Crossing, MA

#34 May 13, 2006
Michelle didn't opt out of worlds, She was never on the list to go to worlds.
Ann

United States

#35 May 13, 2006
Don wrote:
Boo. She should not have even gone over to Italy. She used money and clout to push others out of the spotlight.
O poor Michelle. She can't go to the try outs in St. Louis because she is injured. What's that poor Michelle? You want to go anyway?
Ok. U can go. What's that? Poor Michelle can't skate even after we sent her over there? Oh that's ok. Maybe Disney will give you millions.
At first, my only disrespect was for her and the Olympics. Now I add Disney to my list.
She should have stayed home and given others a chance.
I hope she really has a groin injury and suffers for years.
Don,

You are just a jealous person. I can't believe you are so angry! Michelle Kwan is one of the best figure skaters in the world. Anything (just like millions of dollars from Disney is not given for free; you still have to present your capability and talent). No one can control injuries. What about footbal players? They sign contracts too for a lot more money. Let Michelle enjoy her difficult/challenging yet rewarding career. She had, has, and will have millions of fans all the time who wish her only the best. God bless Michelle and protect her from all evil in this world.
American

Murrieta, CA

#36 May 19, 2006
Media Critic wrote:
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Sorry, I did not mean to imply otherwise. Instead of saying "opted out," I should have said "did not compete." After what happened in Torino, American women's figure skating authorities would have lost all remaining credibility if they had bent the rules once again and named Kwan to the world championship team.
After everything that Michelle had given to us, she earned the right to be part of the 2006 Winter Olympics Team. And as for what you said about her "never a great Olympian", gold is NOT the color of great sportsmanship. It doesn't speak of honor, dedication, grace, and self-esteem.
Media Critic

Belton, MO

#37 May 21, 2006
American wrote:
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After everything that Michelle had given to us, she earned the right to be part of the 2006 Winter Olympics Team. And as for what you said about her "never a great Olympian", gold is NOT the color of great sportsmanship. It doesn't speak of honor, dedication, grace, and self-esteem.
And a great part of that team she turned out to be, if you count failing to ever even hit the ice due to an injury she clearly had not overcome at the time she was given that honor. What makes her non-performance at the 2006 Winter Olympics (and the events which led up to her being named to the team in the first place) so disappointing to me was that Michelle Kwan showed neither the honor, dedication, grace, or self-esteem she had demonstrated in the past. Instead, she and her handlers attempted to use her great sportsmanship as part of a misguided attempt to make one last glorious run at the prize that had eluded her for so long -- with disastrous results.
realist

United States

#38 Jun 11, 2006
OF COURSE SHE HAS BEEN AROUND FOREVER.....SHE HASN'T WON THE GOLD...SHE IS SO GRACIOUS TO GIVE UP "HER SPOT ON THE TEAM"..WHAT A HEROINE...NOT!!!!!!!!!!

And as for all those medals watch some of the competitions..she didn't even deserve a bronze in Salt Lake but God forbid she go home with nothing....Sasha outskated her by a mile...In the Marshalls she stumbled and still "won"....of course..she is the KWAN...if she has any integrity it is well hidden behind a whole bunch of titles and I wonder if even she believes she deserves all of them...OOPS....OF COURSE SHE DOES..SHE IS MICHELLE KWAN USA'S GIFT TO THE SKATING WORLD..SHE BLEW IT IN JAPAN...SHE BLEW IT IN SALT LAKE...AND NOW SHE IS GOING TO DO THE USA THE ENORMOUS FAVOR OF REPRESENTING OUR COUNTRY IN ITALY...ARE WE BLESSED OR WHAT??????
Media Critic

Belton, MO

#39 Jun 26, 2006
Kwan for 2010 wrote:
Michelle didn't opt out of worlds, She was never on the list to go to worlds.
I corrected myself on March 27, nearly two months before your entry. Thanks for your vigilance in pointing out (as did another poster) that factual error. Meanwhile, the vast majority of what I have said here remains unrebutted. If you *really* think Kwan will be on the U.S. team in 2010, you are deluding yourself. I suppose it might happen if all her other rivals died in a plane crash ...
enoughofkwanalre ady

United States

#40 Jul 10, 2006
pam wrote:
Boo. She should not have even gone over to Italy. She used money and clout to push others out of the spotlight.
O poor Michelle. She can't go to the try outs in St. Louis because she is injured. What's that poor Michelle? You want to go anyway?
Ok. U can go. What's that? Poor Michelle can't skate even after we sent her over there? Oh that's ok. Maybe Disney will give you millions.
At first, my only disrespect was for her and the Olympics. Now I add Disney to my list.
She should have stayed home and given others a chance.
I hope she really has a groin injury and suffers for years.
Thank goodness there are honorable people in the world with integrity like Michelle Kwan. Unfortunately we have way too many people in the world like Don. He is a great example of what's wrong in this country. Maybe we should deport him to Irag.
While I may not agree with Don that Michelle should suffer for years I highly doubt that she was "reinjured" at practice...a world class supposedly Olympic level athlete can't even make it through one day w/o getting that injured...I do agree that she is a whiny, overrated, and selfish person with no integrity...if she had any she would have accepted the fact that despite the fact that she has been winning medals for years she got hurt and couldn't compete..you win a place on the ice with a tryout, competition...not a bloomin' pen!!!! As for her generosity in providing the places for the U.S. so flippin' what..that's the way the games should be played..Michelle Kwan and integrity do not belong in the same sentence.

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