Sports Diplomacy on Ice

Partnering with New York University-Shanghai, PAS Shanghai enthusiastically welcomed Michelle Kwan, the most decorated figure skater in US history, for two days of cultural diplomacy and exchange activities. Starting out with a visit to the mega-skating center established by China’s first Winter Olympics gold medalist, Ms. Yang Yang, Michelle interacted with 140 beginner kindergartner skaters and tens of high-level amateur figure skaters and fans, leading fun exercises on the ice and providing targeted feedback to the more advanced skaters. During discussions with Yang Yang and the Secretary General of Shanghai Skating Association, Michelle commended the city for its commitment to grow East China’s winter sports training and competitive capacity, especially in the lead up to China’s hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympics.