It’s Crazy How Much These Olympic Athletes Have Changed

Michelle Kwan — Then

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Michelle Kwan is one of the best figure skaters to have ever graced the Olympic games. She began her career at the age of five, and gained international attention when she finished eighth in the 1994 World Championships at the tender age of 13.

Her high ranking made her an alternate for the 1994 Olympics, but she did not compete at the international competition until 1998. At the 1998 games she was favored to win the gold medal but was narrowly defeated by wunderkind Tara Lipinski. Still, young Ms. Kwan managed to nab the silver medal at the Nagano Olympics—no paltry feat!