Olympic Skater Michelle Kwan Marries Coast Guard Officer Fiance

Mon, January 21, 2013 8:14am EST by 4 Comments
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The five-time world champion skater wed her U.S. Coast Guard beau Clay Pell in a beautiful ceremony on Jan. 19 in Providence, R.I. Congrats to the happy couple & see the pics!

Michelle Kwan, 32, is not only an Olympic medalist and nine-time U.S. national figure skating champion — she’s now a married woman! The former professional skater married Clay Pell, 31, who is director for strategic planning on the National Security staff at the White House.

The couple wed on Saturday, Jan. 19, at First Unitarian Church of Providence, R.I., according to People magazine. They married in front of 240 guests, including fellow Olympic champions Brian Boitano, Dick Button and Dorothy Hamill.

The groom, who is a JAG and Lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard, wore his full uniform for the ceremony, while the bride donned an ivory Vera Wang gown. Michelle cried while walking down the aisle with her father, Danny Kwan.

In 2002 at the Salt Lake City Winter Games, Michelle skated to “Fields of Gold” as her Olympic swan song, which earned her the bronze medal — and she incorporated that song into her wedding!

Michelle Kwan & Clay Pell’s Engagement

Michelle is now a senior advisor for public diplomacy and public affairs. In September, she revealed the strong connection she feels to her now-husband.

“I never was one who believed in love at first sight, but I have to admit it happened for us,” she told People. “I felt there was a magnetic connection between us. I thought he was the one from the beginning.”

Congrats to the happy couple!

Are YOU excited for Michelle and Clay HollywoodLifers? What do you think of the ceremony? Let us know in the comments below!

– Christina Stiehl

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Posted at 1:14 PM on January 22, 2013  

I can’t believe I’m correcting an article on Hollywood Life, but she didn’t skate to Fields of Gold to earn the bronze medal. Fields of Gold was her exhibition song. Her competitive programs were selections from Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 3 and Piano Trio no. 2 for the short and Scheherazade for the long. It might also be nice to mention that she was a double Olympic medalist, winning silver narrowly behind Tara Lipinski in 1998 at Nagano. Arguably her greatest achievement was winning five World Championships from 1996 to 2003.

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Gwen Kaiser

Posted at 11:22 AM on January 26, 2013  

Thank you for making those corrections. My daughter who is disabled, LOVES figure skating so we own all of the DVD’s and I too noticed the errors in the article. I had just watched the exhibition skate when I was inclined to look up what Michele Kwan was up to these days. Very cool to find such excited news! She is an amazing person.

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