Two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan is a mom for the first time

Michelle Kwan presents the Female Athlete of the Paralympic Games at the Olympic Committee Best of US Awards on April 2, 2014 in Washington, DC.

When Michelle Kwan says she is “always full of surprises,” she’s not kidding.

The two-time Olympic medalist (1998, 2002) shared a big revelation on Instagram on Wednesday: she’s a mom.

“I am overjoyed and tears of happiness roll down my face as I share the news of Kalista Belle Kwan’s arrival!” she wrote.

“I had a hard time imagining what she could look like, but it seems like she’s been a part of my life forever. It was a difficult journey to motherhood (not to mention a very long job !!!) and I’m glad I never gave up.

Kwan, 41, also posted a photo of the newborn, as well as a montage showing the stages of her pregnancy.

“I had wanted to share this happy news for many months, but each step seemed to be exciting and intimidating at the same time,” she shared.

The post included thanks to family, friends and healthcare professionals who helped Kwan throughout her pregnancy.

Congratulations pour in from fellow Olympians, famous friends and many fans who have watched Kwan win nine US titles and five world crowns during his illustrious international competitive career, which spanned from 1992 to 2005. .

“Accept every second of your incredible new journey, it goes so fast! »Wrote figure skater Tai Babilonia, world pairs champion in 1979 and Olympian in 1980.

“So thrilled for her and for you. What an amazing mom you will be. I can’t wait to meet her !!! ” sprung fashion designer Vera Wang, who designed Kwan’s 1998 and 2002 Olympic costumes.

From the figure skating world, 1992 Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi, 2018 two-time Olympic medalist Maia Shibutani and Kwan’s longtime rival, 2006 Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen sent their best wishes, all like Paralympic and Olympic champions including Tatyana McFadden and Allyson Felix.

Former Kwan boss Hillary Clinton, whom she campaigned for in the 2016 presidential election, was quick to publish her reaction.

“Happy news. Congratulations!” writes the former secretary of state.

Clinton represents Kwan’s current career, centered in the arena of political and international relations. A graduate of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Kwan was recently appointed by President Biden as US Ambassador to Belize .

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