January 20, 2011 |
About 225 people on Wednesday swept into the White House for a "quintessentially American" state dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao. As tradition dictates, President Obama and Hu exchanged toasts. Obama saluted the people of both countries. "May they grow together in friendship. May they prosper together in peace. And may they realize their dream of the future for themselves, for their children and for their grandchildren," he said. Hu raised his glass to a "stronger friendship between the people of China and the United States" and the "steady growth of China-U.
October 14, 2010 |
New York City visitors can cut a fine figure on the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center , which opened over the weekend for the 2010-11 winter season. But if you don’t want to travel so far to pretend you’re Michelle Kwan or Scott Hamilton, just wait a few weeks: "Downtown on Ice" at Pershing Square will open next month in Los Angeles and will run through Jan. 17. Yes, I know New York City’s rink is more famous—and offers more appropriate ice skating weather.
September 7, 2010 |
When her peers at the Fletcher School of International Relations at Tufts University would ask Michelle Kwan what she does outside the classroom, she'd say she used to be a figure skater. If they pressed her for details she had a standard response. "I'm like, 'I was OK. I went to the Olympics,' " she said. "They don't know that side of my life. They see me doing presentations on North Korea and talking about Kim Jong Il. " After decades of performing the gravity-defying jumps and dazzling spins that lifted her to nine U.S. championships, five world titles and silver and bronze Olympic medals, the Torrance native is building a fascinating second career as a budding expert on North Korea's dictator and other weighty matters.
July 13, 2010 |
Michelle Kwan was a 13-year-old whose parents were trying to scrape up money for her skating when Yankees owner George Steinbrenner stepped up to the plate. Kwan, who became the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history, never would meet Steinbrenner, who died Tuesday at age 80. But she still has the "wicked cool" Yankees jacket Steinbrenner sent in response to her thank-you letter for his $10,000 contribution to her funding in the fall of 1993. "He was like an angel to come and help us," Kwan said Tuesday.
February 22, 2010 |
About seven hours after learning her mother had died unexpectedly, Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette , the reigning world silver medalist, showed her resolve to compete in the Olympics as planned by coming to her scheduled Sunday afternoon practice at the Pacific Coliseum. "Joannie is a very courageous person," said her teammate Cynthia Phaneuf . "Just to be there at practice, I was very impressed. She is going to get through this. "I think she is doing the right thing.
February 12, 2010 |
If only the Winter Olympics had a polar bear swim event -- then we could send Michael Phelps, and everyone from the Wheaties account managers to the "Got Milk?" ad reps could take a deep cleansing breath. It's too late for NBC, of course, where beleaguered executives have jettisoned the First Commandment of the entertainment industry -- Thou Shalt Not Acknowledge Failure and Certainly Not Before It Has Cometh. For weeks, the network has been whining that it will lose $250 million by airing the games because host city Vancouver is struggling to produce enough snow, and the United States, lacking for the first time in years a high wattage figure skater, is struggling to produce a star.