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Thread: OFFICIAL messages to Michelle (will be sent to her) - Deadline Sunday 2/19

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    Michelle,

    You make us proud! You are beauty and grace, on and off the ice. We love you!!!

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    Dear Michelle
    You are a great inspiration to all of us. You will always be remembered for all the joys you have brought to us.

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    Michelle:

    You just taught the world of sports a big lesson on the importance of grace, honor, and sportsmanship, despite personal hardship and heartbreak. You might not realize it now, but that lesson will do you, the world of skating, and the world of sports in general more good in the long run than any medal.

    Esther Sorkin, Ventura CA

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    Michelle,

    Before the Olympics started I had already decided that no matter what happens it didn't matter to me because you are the skater that everyone looks to for Passion. We here at the forum know that this is not how you wanted the Olympics to end, as I listened to you on Friday with Katie I loved how you said I will let my heart sing but then you told Katie towards the end of the interview this is not life or death it is only figure skating and I thought at that moment Michelle knows that there will be life after skating and after the Olympics she will be able to move on to the next phase of your life. I say bravo for you courage, passion, desire & strength to do all of this. I for one am selfish as I wanted you to have one last skate no matter what it was like as I love to see you skate and put your heart on your sleeve so to say and show us your passion. May the Lord bless you and keep you and shine his light upon you and give you guidance. I shall always love you, the BEST figure skater, The Legend in my book.

    My 4 year old grandson Mason thinks you are a part of our family as I talk about you all the time. I received my be a friend of figure skating and he knows that when I point at your picture and ask who this is he says chelle it is so cute. We all love you so much.

    If you haven't please read what Randy Gardner had to say. I think it will help.

    Kathy
    Last edited by Katty52; February 14th, 2006 at 06:39 PM.
    Kathy

    "I'm a bit of the past, a bit of the present and, hopefully, some of the future."

    Michelle Kwan April 4, 2006

    Still Believing 2-2-08

    Believing is Exciting 1-12-09


    Missing Michelle


    PROUD TO HAVE BEEN A FIGURE SKATING FAN DURING THE MICHELLE KWAN ERA

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    Michelle,

    Thank you so much for all you have given figure skating and how happy you have made all of your fans. You are beautiful. Hope to see you next year either competitively or professionally, but I know you'll follow your heart whatever your future may be. You wanted to become a legend when you were little, and you have definitely achieved that. Joy, Heart, Passion, Grace, Dignity, Graciousness, Kindness, Athletic, Artistic. Those are only a few words that describe you. You have enriched my life, and the lives of so many others. Thank you, Michelle.
    Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what's right. ~Isaac Asimov

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    Michelle,

    My heart truly aches for you. However, it takes more guts to withdraw at the Olympics than to compete there. I've never been so proud of you, than in that moment. I would rather see you skate for years to come than to injure yourself to the point of no return.

    You really embodied the Olympic Spirit and you don't need the gold to complete you. You compete Figure skating. You've given the sport all of yourself, your heart, your soul, your dignity and grace!

    I can only hope to be as BRAVE as you if I ever had to make such a difficult decision in life. You are truly and AMERICAN hero and a WORLD icon and UNIVERSAL legend.

    Much love to you Michelle!!!

    Susan
    There's nothing more beautiful than being yourself!

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    Dear Michelle,

    Words cannot describe the pride we feel in you. Your achievements in your sport are unmatched by anyone and you have permanently changed it for the better. The way you can express music and grab at the heartstrings of a crowd is phenomenal. In short, we just love what you put out there!

    Here's wishing you a speedy recovery so we can see you back on the ice again ASAP! You know your fans are dying to see that new Tarasova long! And think, baby Sophia has never even seen you compete! Take the time to heal, to love your sport, and to love yourself and we'll be seeing you soon!

    Kristen
    KKola917

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    Dear Michelle,
    Figure skating has been and is blessed to have you as it's Kween. You have given us so many reasons to be proud. You will be remembered as one the greatest figure skaters of all time, a legend, not just because of your championships but because of your class and heart.

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    Dear Michelle,

    I am hurting for you right now. More than anything, I wish that I could give you a big hug right now and tell you that everything’s going to be okay, but I know you don’t need me to do that because your family and loved ones will do that better than I ever could. So instead, I want to try to communicate a little bit of how much your skating means to me and has meant to me over the past twelve years. You have shown me beauty that I never knew existed and touched my heart with some of the deepest joys I have ever known. You have often spoken of how beautiful skating is, how much you love that beauty. Michelle, to me, you embody the beauty of skating; that beauty just pours out of you every time you skate. There has never been and will never be another skater like you.

    And then there is you – apart from your skating, I have grown to love and deeply admire you as a person. You have demonstrated grace, dedication, discipline, sportsmanship, courage, perseverance, kindness, and compassion both on and off the ice. If you embody the beauty of skating, you also embody the spirit of the Olympics. I love you not just for your skating but for your heart, the heart I see both on and off the ice.

    The first time I saw you skate was at the 1994 World Championships, when I was ten years old. I was rooting for you because we had the same name, unaware of of the journey that watching you would take me on and of how much you would touch me over the next twelve years. Now, I am 22 years old and about to graduate from college. Watching you has had such a deep impact on me that it has helped to shape who I am. You have taught me how to respond to the blessings in my life with joy and gratitude and to the trials with dignity and grace. I'm not exagerrating when I say that watching you grow has taught me how to grow up. Your skating has given me moments of priceless joy that I will always be able to remember and cherish. I want to thank you for sharing your beautiful gift with me and with the world. You are constantly in my prayers.

    Michelle, you make us proud.

    With deep love,

    Michelle Smith
    Philadelphia, PA
    Last edited by Michibanana; February 12th, 2006 at 06:42 PM.
    I BELIEVE!!

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    Dear Michelle,

    You have portrayed this week what the Olympics are all about. You have shown your dignity, humility, and class. Thank you Michelle!! I hope I may live my life with as much class as you have shown me.

    You have given us a lifetime worth of great performances and magical skates. But more than anything, you have given us your heart! That is the best thing you can give a viewer and fan. I want you to know that no matter what, YOU Michelle Kwan don't need any title to make you more valuable. You have shown us all the real importance of sport, the real importance of grace, and the real importance of dignity. You will forever be my most favorite skater. I'm extremely excited to see whatever your plans are in the upcoming years!! I have no doubt whatever you're doing, you'll be doing it with all your heart.

    Take care!
    Garrett
    Last edited by GMAN; February 12th, 2006 at 10:34 AM.

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    Dearest Michelle,

    I, Gillian, am proud to be a "Michelle Kwan" fan. I love you for your humanity and your honesty both on and off the ice. You are waaaaaaay bigger and better than some lousy Olympic gold medal. Michelle, to all your fans, you are the Olympic Champion of 1996, 1998, and 2000(You know what I mean).

    I will pray for your full recovery and longevity. I cannot wait to see you perform your new programs in your next competitions. I am begging you to stay at least 2,4,5, or 10 years more as an "amateur" skater. I don't mind you turning pro as long as I can see you do what you do best, but you know, you said you love the competitveness of eligible skating.

    No matter what you decide to do after today, I will be happy for you and thankful for all the years of joy I received watching you skate your heart out.
    May God lead you to where you belong. WE LOVE YOU, MICHELLE KWAN!

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    Dearest Michelle,
    I wish I had words to comfort you now. I know the emotional pain must be excruciating. We, your fans, hurt with you. But you will go on, and just as you've had such an amazing, wonderful life to this point, I have no doubt your future will just as amazing and wonderful. Your life is golden and to most of the United States and parts of the world you have always been and alwlays will be our champion.

    You have my prayers. I love you. God loves you too. The grace we have through His Son Jesus is more than enough.

    grannie frances

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    Dear Michelle,

    Seeing you on TV this morning announcing your withdrawal from the Olympics was heartbreaking. I wanted to reach through that TV and give you a hug and say, "You're the Best." The courage you showed and the respect for Team USA was amazing. Over the years you have become such a wonderful competitor for the United States and a role model to children everywhere.

    I never was a huge figure skating fan, had a few skaters I watched, but then you broke onto the scene and I was hooked. I found myself having to watch every competition you were in. I really don't think it was to see you win, but to see someone with such love for the sport and that could draw you into the performance. The winning was always the icing on the cake. You showed me what figure skating is. For this, you will always have a special place in my heart.

    I know you always dreamed about winning that Olympic Gold, but I think what you have achieved is far greater then any Gold Medal Olympic winner could ever obtain. You got the love and support of millions, the admiration of fellow skaters, and family that couldn't be prouder of you. Michelle you are a Legend and Hero to many.

    The coming weeks will be difficult in watching the games come and go, but I have every faith that you will conquer above all this. There is nothing more that I would like to see then a healthy, pain free, and happy Michelle Kwan doing what she loves and enjoys. I hope to see you skate these new programs that you worked hard on at the 2010 Nationals.

    And Michelle, if you do read this message please Thank your parents for doing a fantastic job on raising such a classy lady, they did good.

    Chin up Michelle, you are loved and admired the world over.

    Jagerboy

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    Michelle, you've been my favorite skater since I was nine years old. I always admired you, but more than any other time, I want to be like you even more now. It really did take a lot of guts to do what you did, and you know what: medals are fleeting moments, but you aren't.

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    Michelle, you are truly amazing! What you have done for the sport and for each of your fans simply by stepping on the ice cannot be described with words. I wish you the best and hope for a full recovery. I admire you, as do all of the MKF members. Take care and be proud. Dambr

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    Michelle,

    You will always be figure skating for me. From the first programme I saw in 1996 with you spinning in you red Romanza dress to now, I have followed your career with joy, excitement and not a few tears. I have admired your performances on the ice and your grace and dignity off the ice. You have my support and love no matter what. God Bless you for your courage and dedication to the sport. Know that we all shed tears with you today but there have also been tears of joy and delight and I believe in my heart that there will be again.
    Keep the faith, trust that we will always support you. If you ever feel overwhelmed by these difficult days take heart that there is at least one person on a tiny Caribbean island who is sending love, prayers and support your way.

    God Bless You
    Jennifer Browne
    St. Vincent, West Indies

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    Ten years ago, my mother turned the television on and I was introduced to Figure Skating for the first time. The event was the 96' World Championships, and the first skater I watched was none other than Michelle Kwan. The appreciation was immediate. I have always considered myself an artist, even as a child, and I am more inclined to have more romantic and passionate ideals, not logical. What I felt when I first saw her skate was that she wasn't performing a routine, she was performing a spiritual awakening. To me, Michelle was more than an athlete, she was an artist. She awoke an even deeper passion for art and for music during a difficult time in my life, and her presence over the years has kept me centered and optimistic.
    Win or lose, I have the utmost respect and admiration for her, but what I appreciate most is her drive, her great passion. She follows her dream, no matter where it takes her. Her great dream has always been to win an Olympic Gold medal, and in great fashion. She has come close on two occasions, but fell short. For most people, a bronze and silver medal do count for something, as well as longevity, but to her, that is not her great dream. Psychologically it must be incredibly frustrating and I completely sympathize.
    In a recent post I compared Michelle to Achilles, who followed his great dream to his death, with great courage and stoicism. I was wrong, there is no comparison. Michelle surpasses Achilles as sure as she surpasses my expectations. Courage isn't simply measured in physical strength or prowess, it can be measured in wisdom, grace, and humility.
    Michelle, I know this decision is intensely difficult, and none of us will ever know what it is like to experience it, but in the end you have done what is right. You have kept the spirit of the games alive and with you for your entire competitive career. This country has produced so many arrogant selfish athletes, but you have been a shining light, and a guiding light for this country for many years. No matter where I am in the world, I am proud to say that Michelle Kwan represents my country. It gives me a feeling of national pride for my country. The United States produces some of the greatest individuals in the world, and you are one of them. God bless you and keep the spirit of the games with you for all time.

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    Michelle,

    The past is the past. The present is now and the future is ahead. What may be today, may not be tomorrow. Therefore, I say, look ahead. Live in the present in expecation of the future.

    Best wishes,
    Nikki

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    Dearest Michelle,

    Words are inadequate to express my conflicting emotions of sorrow and pride. For so many years now, so much has been asked of you and expected from you. You have answered with incomparable beauty, grace, and dignity and today is no exception.

    During your journey, you have brought so many here at the Forum together. Lifelong friendships have been formed here. Many of us have gone from armchair observers to front row devotees of figure skating. What a wonderful testament to the impact you have had on the sport your love.

    As you chart the next leg of your journey, know that we will continue to support you. If you swing through our towns on the COI tour, we will be there. If you continue to compete, we will be there. 2010? - we will be there. If you decide to pursue something off ice, we will support you with our thoughts and prayers.

    Just know that you have been, and forever will be, truly loved.

    Melanie
    Philadelphia, PA

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    Michelle,
    You are the greatest figure skater OF ALL TIME! I hope you know that! We all here love you so much!
    We are forever behind you!


    Valerie

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    Dearest Michelle, please accept my deepest sympathay regarding your injury that is preventing you from representing America in figure skating this year.

    But you know what? I don't think you could be a better representive of America if you had won 20 OGM's.

    The many Gold medals that you have won at all events you have skated in, aren't why we love you so much.

    Its the way you skate and touch our hearts.

    It's the goosebumps we get just hearing music you have skated to.

    It's the tears that flow when we watch you skate to Salome for the hundreth time, or Carmen, or Lyra, or Rach, or...EOE or..pick a program any program.

    It is the gift that God has given you, that you then have passed on to us that we love.

    No gold medal, no matter how big or important can ever take that away from us.

    May God touch you and heal your heart. Cast all your cares on Him, as he cares for you. Jesus Christ came that we may have life, and have it more abundantly.

    As I listen "The Prayer" I want to encourage you with this pray to God...

    " I pray you'll be our eyes, and watch us where we go
    And help us to be wise in times when we don't know
    Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way
    Lead us to the place, guide us with your grace
    To a place where we'll be safe."

    It is in the Name above all Names that I pray this for you and your family.

    Love, Susan Pearson
    Last edited by Suzi Kwan; February 12th, 2006 at 11:44 AM.

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    Dear Michelle,

    I started watching figure skating during the 1994 Olympics like alot of people to see the whole Nancy/Tonya affair. I could have easily lost interest in the sport after that event, but I was interested in seeing how the little girl who was the alternate of that games would do at the World Championships. That little girl, of course, was you. I guess I was interested because I was only about a year and a half younger than you and I felt like I could relate to you. I watched those World Championships and have been watching ever since. While I enjoy watching other figure skaters, there is just something about watching you skate. You draw the viewer in like no other and really make them feel like they are doing every jump and spin right along with you. In some of your performances, you even look like you are just flying like an angel, not skating at all. Wow, when I look back I can't believe that I have really pretty much grown up with you as the face of figure skating in the U.S. and even the world. Sure, there were those little girls who tried to take your place, but they never could--you were Americas Golden Sweetheart.

    As a write you this letter I am trying to imagine what you are feeling. While I am sure that you are very sad or disappointed, I hope that you are also very proud. You could have easily retired to fame and money after 1998 or 2002, but instead you continued to compete and advance figure skating and its popularity. You were truly an inspiration in the way you have handle yourself during what has been a very difficult season--you recognize the importance of the Olympics and have made the right decision to step down since you will not be healthy enough to compete. You truly embody the olympic spirit like no other. I hope that this will not end your wonderful career--the U.S. Championships just was not the same this year and I hope that you might just be back there to break the record with 10 wins next year. Overall, in my mind and the minds of many, you will be remembered for generations to come as one of the greatest(if not the greatest) skaters of all time. Wow, you have won so many titles--9 U.S. and 5 World--when most skaters only stick around for a few years. I don't think it matters if you ever win the gold medal, though if you decide to go in 2010 I will be supporting you. In my mind, you won the gold back in 1998 and everything you have done for the sport has been just great.

    I can't tell you how many of your programs and skates that I have loved--there are too many to count. One of my favorites was Fields of Gold (especially at the 2002 Olympics) and another was You Raise Me Up. Now it is our turn to raise you up, I hope you take some time to truly rest and recover from this tough season. I hope to see you this summer on the Champions on Ice tour when it comes to Milwaukee and for many years to come as you continue to do what you do best. Best wishes for a speedy recovery,

    Jenny Schlie

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    Dear Michelle,

    Through grace, class and dignity you showed the true heart of a champion. Get well soon.

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    Michelle,

    Your skating is a thing of beauty and no one else will ever move me the way you do. But your class and dignity in this sport is what makes you the most special of all. You are such a class act, a shining star, and your decision transcends you above any Olympic gold medal. You make me proud and I feel so honored to be a fan!!!


    All my love,
    Mary

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    Dearest Michelle,

    We all love you so much...you are so precious!
    I've always believed that you were worthy of an Olympic gold medal, but I'm not so sure an Olympic Gold medal is worthy of YOU.
    Thank you for keeping your promise to go to the Games and do your best. It doesn't matter if you actually competed or not...you still did your best by showing up and trying, and I respect your decision.
    Thank you for making figure skating a sport worthy of watching (and videotaping!).
    Thank you for turning my husband into a fan of the sport, although the only skater he ever cares about watching is you!
    We love you and are behind you always.
    Jay & DeeDee
    Michelle has already proven that she is worthy of an Olympic Gold Medal...I'm just not sure that an Olympic Gold Medal is worthy of HER.

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