12:49 PM EDT 01/31/2014
Originally posted 01/29/2014 11:15AM
Michelle Kwan is a decorated Olympic medalist, world champion and U.S. champion. But could she be adding one more title to the list – Rhode Island's first lady?
Originally posted 01/27/2013 08:00PM
Leading up to Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, there was plenty of prize-worthy action on the streets of Hollywood (and beyond!) this weekend.
And the winner for best post-controversy comeback is ...
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5. Alicia & Swizz Beatz: (Cut)out and About in France This girl is indeed on fire: Alicia Keys heated up the NRJ Music Awards red carpet in an ab-solutely gorgeous cutout gown. Her accessory of choice: husband (and arm candy) Swizz Beatz, who joined her in Cannes, France.
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Originally posted 01/24/2013 03:30PM
Nailing triple jumps and soaring spirals while the world watched, Michelle Kwan mastered the art of keeping her emotions in check.
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
Originally posted 01/23/2013 10:15AM
As Michelle Kwan – dressed in a cascading veil and a classic ivory gown – walked down the aisle on Jan. 19, the figure skater was filled with the emotion of a bride on her wedding day.
"The whole energy came from family and friends," she says of the ceremony in Providence, R.I. "People were crying. There were so many tears shed, especially from me!"
Her new husband, White House staffer and Coast Guard Lieutenant Clay Pell, was also swept up in the moment. "As she was walking into the church, I could feel her," he tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 01/21/2013 07:00PM
Although she was a singles figure skater throughout her successful career, Michelle Kwan did have one steadfast partner on the ice – fashion designer Vera Wang.
"I wore so many skating dresses designed by her, whole skating shows and everything," Kwan, 32, tells PEOPLE. "I have a long relationship with her."
And that made picking a wedding dress designer a fairly easy decision.
Originally posted 01/19/2013 05:50PM
At the end of her bronze-medal finish at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games, nine-time U.S. national figure skating champion and five-time world champion Michelle Kwan skated to "Fields of Gold" as her Olympic swan song.
On Saturday, Jan. 19, signaling a new beginning, she incorporated that same melody into her wedding program.
Kwan, 32, married Clay Pell, 31, director for strategic planning on the National Security staff at the White House, on Saturday at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, R.I., PEOPLE has confirmed.
Pell, a JAG and Lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard, was dressed in full uniform for the ceremony. Kwan, who cried while walking down the aisle with her father, Danny Kwan, wore an ivoryVera Wang gown.
Originally posted 09/17/2012 06:00PM
The figure skater has a longstanding relationship with the esteemed bridal designer
Originally posted 09/11/2012 08:00PM
After nine U.S. national figure skating championships, five world championships and two Olympic medals, Michelle Kwan has enough hardware to populate many a trophy case.
On Sept. 3, though, she got the ultimate in bling – a diamond ring.
Kwan, 32, tells PEOPLE that she is engaged to Clay Pell, 30, director for strategic planning on the National Security staff at the White House. The two first met in April 2011.
Originally posted 06/07/2009 05:15PM
Between Michelle Kwan and Sarah Hughes, they’ve won enough ice-skating medals to fill a museum. But in recent years, the skaters have set their sights on a different goal: getting a college diploma.
On Saturday, Kwan earned a bachelor's degree in international studies with a minor in political science from the University of Denver. "It feels great," the five-time world champion told PEOPLE about being a college grad. "I've always known you can only skate for so many years and then you have to rely on your education to carry you through life."
And the 28-year-old, who earned a silver at the 1998 Olympics and bronze in 2002, was recently admitted to the international affairs program at Tufts University's Fletcher School, where she expects to continue her work as an envoy for the state department. "It was difficult to travel and go to school, but it was so enjoyable visiting other countries," she said.
Originally posted 04/01/2009 06:15PM
Last weekend, champion skater Michelle Kwan worked along side NBC broadcaster Bob Costas covering the figure skating world championships in Los Angeles – but at next year's Vancouver Olympics, she could back on the ice competing again.
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