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By Rachel A Koestler-Grack

From the day she laced up her first pair of skates, Michelle Kwan knew she belonged at the ice. while she used to be 7 years outdated, she vowed that she might someday be an Olympic skater, and went directly to paintings on making her dream come actual. by the point she was once 12, she was once already competing with most sensible skaters from all over the world. At age 15, Kwan gained her first nationwide and international titles. And in 1998, she made skating heritage on the U.S. Championships whilst she bought 15 ideal ratings for presentation in her lengthy and brief courses, the main excellent rankings ever for a feminine skater. Michelle Kwan is the tale of a talented younger athlete whose choice and concentration have enabled her to turn into the main adorned skater in U.S. background. notwithstanding the one medal ever to elude her was once the Olympic gold, Kwan is still a real champion, and she or he has proven simply as a lot grace in her setbacks as she has at the ice.

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S. Pro-Am Championships, there was prize money at stake—$40,000 for gold. Even with her growing reputation, Kwan had much to learn, especially about nerves. Sometimes releasing fears and controlling emotions can be more difficult than jumps or spins. At one point in the competition, Kwan stumbled while simply skating forward. She instantly recovered, though, and forged through the rest of the program. She ended up with silver, which earned her $30,000—money much needed by the Kwan family. That summer, Kwan was also invited to skate on the Campbell’s Soups Tour of World Figure Skating Champions.

Carroll reminded Kwan that blunders could actually help her do better. As painful as it is, you can learn from your mistakes and actually improve your work. Also, failure builds character. Kwan became more popular for losing to Tara Lipinski than Tara did for winning the gold medal. Instead of sulking, Kwan was happy for her. She decided she would just have to try again. To keep going after you’ve failed takes courage. Kwan pointed out that it takes courage to go after your dream, especially because you might fail.

As you work your way toward a goal, your abilities will change. Over the years when Kwan was skating, her body was growing. She had to relearn how to do her jumps when she got taller or gained some weight. As you learn more about your dream, you may have to change your approach, try something different. The more flexible you can be, the more likely you will be to reach your goal, and perhaps reach it faster. But it still won’t happen overnight. Kwan reminded her readers that being a winner takes patience.

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