Kwan to take part in London Olympic Torch Relay

Two-time Olympic medalist to carry torch in and around Oxford, England

Michelle Kwan will help bring the Olympic Flame to London leading up to the Games.
Michelle Kwan will help bring the Olympic Flame to London leading up to the Games. (Getty Images)


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(05/29/2012) - Michelle Kwan, a two-time Olympic medalist, has been selected by Coca-Cola to be a torchbearer in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

Kwan will carry the flame through Oxford, England, sometime between July 9-11, as it makes its way to the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games on July 27.

The soft-drink maker picked 22 "inspiring Americans" to participate in the relay, including two Olympic medalists, 10 teenagers who have spearheaded community efforts and 10 professionals who dedicated themselves to "promoting healthy lifestyles and for empowering civic engagement in communities."

Other notables chosen by Coca-Cola are Olympic gold medalist swimmer Summer Sanders and fitness icon Jake Steinfeld, best known for his "Body by Jake" fitness line.

Kwan previously carried the Olympic torch in 2002 through Newport Beach, Calif., on its way to the Games in Salt Lake City.

In addition to winning the silver medal at the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan, and the bronze in Salt Lake City, Kwan won five world titles and nine U.S. championships during her illustrious career. In her post-skating life, she serves as a U.S. public diplomacy envoy and is a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

The London torch relay began Saturday, May 19, and will continue for 70 days, with 8,000 people carrying the flame through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages.