Michelle Kwan -- Sports have power to change lives

Updated: September 27, 2011, 5:02 PM ET
By Michelle Kwan

When I was a little girl, my parents encouraged my sister, brother and me to get involved in sports. My parents believed sports would be a positive influence in our lives, and they saw sports as a tool to help us sharpen the skills that we needed to succeed in school, and broadly speaking, in life.

They were so right.

Through skating, I've learned many lessons that I've been able to apply off the ice as well. I learned how to set high but realistic goals. And even during ...

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