12:37  ,  January 6, 2022

Michelle Kwan becomes mother at age 41

The former Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan revealed she gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Kalista Belle Kwan, E! News reported.

"I'm overjoyed and tears of happiness are streaming down my face as I share the news," Michelle wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday. "I've always wanted to be a mom and, to me, she's a perfect miracle."

The 41-year-old athlete reflected, "I had a hard time picturing what she might look like yet it seems like she's been in my life forever. This has been a challenging journey to motherhood (not to mention a very long labor!!!) and I'm glad I never gave up."

"As people closest to me know, I'm always full of surprises and tend to keep my personal life private," Michelle continued. "And, I've wanted to share this happy news for many months but each milestone seemed to be exciting and daunting at the same time."

Michelle had won an Olympic silver medal in 1998 and bronze in 2002.

To note, she used to be trained by Armenian figure skating coach Rafael Arutyunyan.

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