Born in Torrance, California to Hong Kong immigrant parents, Michelle Kwan began figure skating at 5-years-old, following the footsteps of her older sister. After only a year of skating, she entered and won her first competition. At 13-years-old, she finished 8th in the 1994 World Championships, earning an alternate position in the Olympics that same year. However, that would only be the start. Throughout her career, Kwan won 9 U.S. championships, 5 world championships, and 2 Olympic medals, taking the figure skating world by storm with her dazzling performances. In the United States and overseas, she has inspired millions of people. Despite her retirement or “break” from competitive ice skating, she remains the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history, and one of the most influential and popular Asian American athletes. In addition to her stellar talents on the ice, she also studied in international studies and political science, most recently serving as a U.S. ambassador and diplomat internationally.