Kwan Making Another Olympic Bid

Michelle Kwan competes in the women's free skating program at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Feb. 21, 2002. Kwan won the bronze medal after falling during a routine.
Michelle Kwan came to New York undecided about whether she wanted to try and make her third Olympic team.

After spending one night with 14 other Olympians, sharing stories, dreams and memories, she quickly made up her mind. Kwan said Thursday she wants to compete at the 2006 Games in Turin.

The five-time world champion and nine-time U-S national champion in figure skating has never won an Olympic gold medal, though she got bronze in Salt Lake City and silver in 1998 in Nagano.

"I said after the 2002 Olympics I was going to play it by ear, go with the flow, and it worked for me," said Kwan, in town for the Visa Gold Medal Athlete Summit. "After spending some time with these athletes and coming here to New York, I said, 'This will be a great experience, try it one more time.'"

Kwan, who turns 25 in July, certainly is no stranger to the Olympics. Though she may be considered ancient in her sport, she wants to experience the camaraderie of the international event just one more time.

"I don't think I'm too old to try for another. Coming here, seeing the Olympic rings ... I got chills when the other athletes were talking about their experiences, their triumphs and their struggles."

World Cup overall champion Bode Miller, on the other hand, is still unsure about whether he wants to go to the Olympics. Miller said Thursday he will compete on the World Cup circuit next season, but hasn't made up his mind yet about Turin.

Miller, who became the first American man since 1983 to win the overall World Cup championship, is wrestling with what success in the Olympics would mean for his lifestyle. In Europe, where skiing is popular, Miller is treated like a celebrity.

In the United States, he can walk around unrecognized. That is how Miller always wants it to be.