Michelle Kwan Skates Away with Disney Deal

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

Saint Louis, MO

#1 Feb 19, 2006
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.



ann

AOL

#2 Feb 19, 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.



one wonders just what kind of person you are. to actually wish an injury on someone is totally immature. you don't have to like michelle or disney, but you also don't have to act like an idiot and wish for someone to suffer. i have no doubt you have not been personally affected by the actions of michelle, disney or anyone associated with the skating federation or the olympics. grow up and get a life.
Mel

Alameda, CA

#3 Feb 19, 2006
Michelle got pushed out of the olympics by Nancy Kerrigan. Remember that incident? It's part of life. Don't think Don is immature, think he is stupid.
Kami

South Jordan, UT

#4 Feb 19, 2006
Poor machelle She is really good but she had to get back to usa and someone els took her place
Elizabeth

South Jordan, UT

#5 Feb 19, 2006
machelle is really good But she is gone :( But Enyways she is really good !
Leilani

AOL

#6 Feb 22, 2006
Hey, michelle
I used to watch you when i was a little girl and i still do. you inspired me to ice skate and will i do.

Love Always,

Leilani
Rachel

Sebastian, FL

#7 Feb 22, 2006
While I understand the difference of opinions as to whether Michelle should have been put on the team in the first place it's sad that anyone would wish someone else injury. Michelle has enjoyed an incredible skating career and the number of medals she has earned is a testament to that. She will always be remembered as one of America's best skaters. Although she was not favored to win the gold at these Olympics, I think it's sad that she couldn't have ended her competitive status on her terms. I wish her the best - she's earned it!
cheryl

United States

#8 Feb 23, 2006
the point is that she did the right thing with compassion and grace by stepping aside. she knows her body wello enough to give it a try and she had that chance but it didn't work out for her so maybe just maybe emily will make her and all of us proud by winning gold or at lest be in medal contention later tonight. like they say dont judge someone if you havent walked in their shoes or you want to be judged the same way. performances of any kind determines your rankings in anything you do whether it be sports, work or even friendships and family relationships.
cheryl wichita ks

United States

#9 Feb 23, 2006
i am not in plano tx
Chris

Belgium

#10 Feb 23, 2006
cheryl wichita ks wrote:
i am not in plano tx
Why not ?!!
Mary New

Fort Smith, AR

#11 Feb 23, 2006
cheryl wrote:
the point is that she did the right thing with compassion and grace by stepping aside. she knows her body wello enough to give it a try and she had that chance but it didn't work out for her so maybe just maybe emily will make her and all of us proud by winning gold or at lest be in medal contention later tonight. like they say dont judge someone if you havent walked in their shoes or you want to be judged the same way. performances of any kind determines your rankings in anything you do whether it be sports, work or even friendships and family relationships.
Michelle has given many years to me and many others some wonderful moments. She has given the US Figure Skating a boost that it might never have had after the Kerrigan-Harding story. She got our attention and has held it for all of these years. Many would go to competitions just to see her skate. I did. I agree with this writer and Michelle deserves the recognition that the US committee gave her and more. She gave them more than they deserved. It was right to offer her the chance to compete. She gave Emily ample time to get ready. Noone should be complaining. Emily won't win a medal, but she will do us proud. Michelle has always said that she would know when she should stop. And, she may very well get over this - train - and do us the honor of watching her again and again. Her fans won't desert her.
Michelle Fan

Nashville, TN

#12 Feb 23, 2006
Michelle skated in Worlds last year and placed 4th, higher than any other US woman. In order for the USA to send 3 skaters to the Olympics a country must accumulate points. By Michelle placing 4th she ensured that the USA could send 3 skaters. So if it were not for Michelle there would not be any Emily Hughes at this years Olympics. Also, keep in mind that after the 1998 and 2002 Olympics both Gold Medal winners opted since they were out of Worlds since they were "TIRED" where Michelle went on to win. Once again, if it had been for her, our Olympic representation would have been different 2 versus 3. So while you are complaining remember that in 2004 Sara Hughes owes her spot to Michelle just as Emily owes hers to Michelle.
Blue

Des Plaines, IL

#13 Feb 24, 2006
Just one comment:

No one of the U.S. female skaters (Sasha, Kimmie or Emily) can be compared to Michelle Kwan. The results of the 2006 Olympics Free Skate can attest to that.

Michelle is the real Swan of figure skating.
pam

Flossmoor, IL

#14 Feb 26, 2006
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.
go to hell emily hughes

Ontario, CA

#15 Feb 26, 2006
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".
tom

United States

#16 Feb 26, 2006
she will be back
Fred

AOL

#17 Feb 27, 2006
Oh, Don...you've got it bad. Don't let it destroy you. Michelle has given her best for years and did a fine job representing us. She did come back in time to give someone else a chance when she knew her injury wouldn't be better in time to skate. Don't be unkind. Could Michelle be your child or sister or friend. Would you feel different about it then. Sarah Hughes stepped in and did a magnificent job, too. Where is your Olympic spirit. It's a game. And just about all the top US athletes find some good endorsements and jobs when they have demonstrated their best in the heat of competition. What's really going on with you, anyhow? Have nice day.
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.



courtney

Mobile, AL

#18 Mar 1, 2006
poor Michelle I wish she could have skated this year.:+(
Sam

Mechanicsville, MD

#19 Mar 7, 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.



Wtf is wrong with you?? You want her to suffer?
She went to the Olympics because she wanted to give it a chance. At least she TRIED instead of giving up automatically. I'd like to see you try and deal with that kind of pressure.
Media Critic

Kansas City, MO

#20 Mar 26, 2006
Blue wrote:
Just one comment:

No one of the U.S. female skaters (Sasha, Kimmie or Emily) can be compared to Michelle Kwan. The results of the 2006 Olympics Free Skate can attest to that.

Michelle is the real Swan of figure skating.
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.

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