Michelle Kwan is heading back to the Olympics, though this time in a different capacity.
The two-time Olympic medalist figure skater has been hired by Fox Sports to cover the Winter Olympics in Sochi as the company continue the ramp up to the launch of its cable sports channel, Fox Sports 1, on August 17.
Kwan tells the Associated Press that she has been encouraged by Fox to report on sports outside the Olympics and she’s hoping to be involved in their Super Bowl coverage just before the Winter Games.
“When they asked, they were really encouraging to me to try it out,” Kwan says. “They said, ‘We are going to be innovative and fun and open to different angles,’ which really attracted me. Reporting and story-telling is what they want, so for me it will be interesting to kind of let the public know about the stories of athletes, or their perspectives on the Olympics.”
Fox has also hired Olympic skiing champion Picabo Street as another analyst. Kwan is hopeful of a pairing with Street on some assignments while in Sochi.
“There are so many sports to choose from,” Kwan said, “and I hope I will do some curling and some hockey. Maybe ask skeleton athletes, ‘How do you do that?’ What they do is pretty scary. I won’t be covering it like NBC would, but more doing insider stories. I also like the idea they are launching FS1 this month, and I will be able to be a part of it and see it take shape and form. And also, if I have some sort of ideas how I want to report the Olympics, I will have that freedom to do it.”
“There is no bigger name in the sport of figure skating that Michelle Kwan, and we are delighted to welcome her to Fox Sports,” Rick Jaffe, Fox Sports senior vice president of news, says.
“Not only is she the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history, but she is also opinionated and insightful, and we’re very lucky to have her as part of our Olympic team.”
Kwan’s last Olympic appearance was brief, leaving the 2006 Turin Games before they began because of an injury. In 2010, she served as a correspondent for ABC at the Vancouver Games. Currently, Kwan has been working for the State Department as a senior adviser for public diplomacy and public affairs.