Skip Navigation

President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

Michelle Kwan

Council Member

Figure Skater

PCFSN Council Member Michelle Kwan

Michelle Kwan, member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history. Her skating brilliance and accomplishments have earned her a place among the all-time greats of the sport. In the nearly 100-year history of U.S. figure skating, no American man or woman has won more world titles (5), national titles (9), or Olympic medals (2).

Michelle’s activities off the ice have been equally noteworthy. In November 2006, the U.S. Secretary of State appointed her as the first U.S. Public Diplomacy Envoy. In this capacity she travels the world and meets with young people to speak about leadership, and to engage them in dialogue on social and educational issues. In June 2010 President Obama pointed Michelle to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition a group that advises the President on ways to engage, empower and educate all Americans to lead active, healthy lifestyles. In December 2010, Michelle was elected to the Board of Directors of Special Olympics International, the organization’s ultimate governing authority responsible for global affairs and strategies. In June 2012, Secretary of State Clinton appointed Michelle to serve on the newly-formed Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports, created to elevate the global awareness of sports as a means of empowerment. Michelle is currently employed by the State Department as a senior adviser for public diplomacy and public affairs, a position she has held since October 2012. She graduated from the University of Denver in November 2008 with a degree in International Studies. In May 2011, Michelle received a master's degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Michelle has earned numerous awards and honors including, the 2003 U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) SportsWoman of the Year, 2001 Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in America, 1998 Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation, 2002 and 2003 Kids' Choice Award and 2002 Teen Choice Award as America's favorite female athlete, and 2002 CosmoGirl! of the Year for her accomplishments and inspiration to others. In 2000, she was selected one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World." In May 2010, she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Southern Vermont College.

Michelle KwanIn July 2012, Michelle was named to the Presidential Delegation to the Closing Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Short Bio
  • Most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.
  • Winner of an unprecedented 43 championships.
  • 2003 U.S. Olympic Committee SportsWoman of the Year.

Fun Facts

  • icon of a gladiator swordMy favorite movie is "Gladiator".
  • icon of roller bladesI love to roller blade and take Bikram Yoga Classes.
  • icon of a cupcakeMy splurge is anything sweet!