But at the same time, not many top skaters do earn a Masters degree, reinvent themselves in the international diplomatic arena, and try to make a difference (at least to some extent).
For that, Michelle should be commended.
What she does isn't hard work, really, and she's probably handsomely paid. But it's still work and has required a strong commitment, a clear focus, and the courage and willingness to risk the unknown in terms of moving beyond the safe, small world of figure skating.
How are you in a position to know, or judge, this?What she does isn't hard work,
Does this mean that she is no longer "keeping her options open?" It sounds like she really has moved on.
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That's an interesting comment, because my first impression is that "keeping her options open" is exactly what Michelle is doing. She hasn't announced that she has signed on as Newt Gringrich's campaign manager or joined a foreign policy think tank. She is "keeping her options open." I wonder what will come her way!Originally Posted by nubka
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Last edited by kwanette; 12-27-2011 at 06:16 PM.
My hope is to be still around when she runs for Congress or the Senate and to be able to work for her.
"Applause" to: kwanette, Mathman, Sparks, and Morry Stillwell.
I love the back-handed compliments some posters are posting here. Some praise indeed.
Congratulations to Michelle Kwan and all of her hard-earned accomplishments.
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^ I know. I was trying to make a joke. Sorry. (Maybe she has signed on with Newt Gingrich. )
Last edited by Mathman; 12-28-2011 at 12:14 AM.
The Canton ice dancers you mentioned are also very lucky. They have the financial means to attend college while also competing in a very expensive sport. Many elite skaters probably have to choose either college or skating once they finish high school.
Last edited by Civic; 12-27-2011 at 11:15 PM.
Plus, the only luck involved was having the talent to do triples. Winning competitions like Nationals and Worlds is not like wining the lottery. It takes talent, which you are born with, but it takes a hell of a lot of hard work and making good decisions too.
Finally, it's not like these schools are out of reach for kids who aren't multi-millionaires. Plenty of kids from middle class backgrounds go to these schools and even kids from the wrong side of the tracks.
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