Tuesday February 14, 2006 4:35 pm
Figure Skater Michelle Kwan Declines NBC Job Offer
After a groin injury forced her to withdraw from the Olympics, fan favorite Michelle Kwan was offered a commentator job from NBC, which she politely refused. She claimed she did not want to be a ‘distraction’ from the other skaters, and went on to wish the team much success. Kwan will be replaced by Emily Hughes, younger sister of 2002’s Olympic champion Sarah Hughes. What do you think? Was this a wise move by Michelle? It’s possible her athletic career is over, and a commentator job could prove to be a lucrative next step. Or is it the best that she go home to recover, and remove herself from the spotlight? Whichever decision may be the right one, there is no doubt that her beauty and strength will be missed, both by her team and her fans.
“After I got evaluated, I had to make a decision to withdraw from the team,” Kwan said Sunday. “I’d love to compete in my third Olympics. But I love and respect the sport. I think it’s all about the United States presenting its best team to the Olympic Games. And I wouldn’t want to be in the way of that.
“I can’t even think past right now,” she said. “It’s physical pain that’s keeping me from performing and skating. But it’s also emotional pain as well.”
The loss of Kwan’s familiar face may wind up costing NBC viewers the network can not afford to lose, as its Olympic coverage has so far drawn only marginal ratings as compared to the numbers generated by the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.
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