Two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan has given birth to her first child, a daughter, the American announced on social media. Kwan, 41, said on Thursday that she was thrilled after what she called a difficult journey to motherhood and the long labor that preceded the arrival of Kalista Belle Kwan.
“I’ve always wanted to be a mom and for me she’s a perfect miracle. I had a hard time imagining what she might look like, but it seems like she’s been a part of my life forever,” a- she said on Instagram. “I’m glad I never gave up.” Kwan thanked her fertility doctor, the doctors and nurses who treated her, and her friends and family.
“I wish everyone who tries to conceive in any way (ivf, iui, surrogacy, adoption and of course) all success and love. You are not alone on this path and I am shooting for you, ”she said. Kwan competed in the 1998 (silver) and 2002 (bronze) Olympics and became a household name in the United States during the height of his skating career.
The Southern California native is a nine-time United States champion and five-time world champion, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest figure skaters of all time.
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