Who was the Chinese American figure skater and media celebrity who won nine U.S. championships, five world championships, and two Olympic medals?
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MICHELLE WING KWAN ( born Kwan Wing Shan on July 7, 1980 in Torrance, California), is an Chinese American figure skater and media celebrity who has won nine U.S. championships, five world championships, and two Olympic medals. She has remained competitive for over a decade and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history. Known for her consistency and expressive artistry on ice, she is widely considered to be one of the greatest figure skaters of all time despite having never won an Olympic gold medal.
BRIAN VILORIA (born November 24, 1980 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is a Filipino-American professional boxer with an overall record of 19-1-0-1 (12 KO). He is a former World Boxing Council (WBC) light-flyweight champion. Nicknamed "The Hawaiian" and/or "Pinoy Punch" he won the world title as an amateur at the 1999 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Houston, Texas.
ALEXANDRA PAULINE "SASHA" COHEN (born October 26, 1984) is an American figure skater. She is the reigning U.S. National Champion and silver medalist at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Cohen was born in Westwood, California, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. Her mother, Galina Feldman, is a Jewish immigrant from Ukraine and a former ballet dancer; her father, Roger Cohen, is a Jewish American business consultant who used to practice law. Her sister, Natasha, is a concert pianist. Sasha is the Russian nickname for Alexandra. A gymnast from an early age, Cohen switched to figure skating when she was seven years old.
NAOMI NARI NAM (born July 6, 1985 in Anaheim, California), is an American figure skater. Naomi placed second in the senior ladies division at the United States Figure Skating Championships in 1999, behind Michelle Kwan. Touted as one of the "Baby Ballerinas" (along with Sasha Cohen, Jennifer Kirk, Sarah Hughes), she was groomed as a rising skating star, but a serious hip injury (stress fracture) sidelined her figure skating career. In 2003, following hip surgery, she won the Southwest Pacific Regional title but placed 5th at the Pacific Coast Sectionals. She failed to qualify for the 2004 U.S. Nationals.