Michelle Kwan's Wedding: The Skating Champ Says 'I Do'
01/24/2013 AT 03:30 PM EST
But as she walked down the aisle to wed White House national-security strategist Clay Pell, 31, Jan. 19 in Providence, the two-time Olympic medalist and five-time women's world figure-skating champ turned the church into her own kiss-and-cry area.
"I thought I would at least make it to the vows," a laughing Kwan, 32, told PEOPLE the day after the wedding. "It was a dream."
– Cynthia Wang