Asian American athletes Michelle Kwan and Natalie Coughlin will be inducted into the 2022 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame class.
Kwan and Coughlin will be inducted alongside Michael Phelps, Lindsey Vonn, Trischa Zorn-Hudson, Muffy Davis and David Kiley, NBC Sports reports.
Kwan is an Olympic figure skater who won a silver medal in 1998 and a bronze medal in 2002. She posted about her upcoming induction on her Instagram account.
“I’m so honored to be inducted into the Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame 😭@teamusa I’m beyond speechless to be included in the 2022 class alongside so many giants in the Olympic and Paralympic movement,” she wrote in the post.
“My 7 year old self would never believe it. I still vividly remember watching the Olympics as a child mesmerized by my idol @brianboitano,” she continued. “My journey as an Olympic athlete was the ride of a lifetime! There is no higher honor than representing our country – and, I got to do that for more than a decade. I’m grateful for my family, coaches, choreographers, @usfigureskating & so many others that supported me along the way.”
Natalie Coughlin is a swimmer who won 12 Olympic medals throughout her career. She is of Filipino descent. She reposted the announcement about her induction on her Instagram stories.
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