Former Olympic athletes and sports journalists discuss America's Olympic legacy. Congressman Tom McMillen, Jeremy Schapp, Christine Brennan, Michelle Kwan are in conversation. Location: Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room
Christine Brennan is an award-winning sports columnist for USA Today, a commentator on ABC News, CNN, and National Public Radio, a best-selling author and a nationally known speaker. Twice named one of the country’s top ten sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors, she has covered 14 consecutive Olympic Games, summer and winter. Brennan was the first woman sports writer at The Miami Herald in 1981 and the first woman to cover the Washington Redskins as a staff writer at The Washington Post in 1985. She was the first president of the Association for Women in Sports Media and started an internship-scholarship program that now honors six female students annually. Brennan is the author of seven books, including her sports memoir, Best Seat in the House, and national best-seller Inside Edge, which was named one of the top 100 sports books of all time by Sports Illustrated.
Michelle Kwan is the most decorated figure skater in US history. From 1995 to 2005, Kwan dominated the sport winning an unprecedented 43 championships, including five World Championships, eight consecutive and nine overall US National Championships and two Olympic medals. In the nearly 100-year history of US figure skating, no American man or woman has won more world titles, national titles, or Olympic medals. Kwan's activities off the ice are equally noteworthy. In 2006, Condoleezza Rice appointed Kwan as the first US Public Diplomacy Envoy. In this capacity, Kwan travels the world and meets with young people to speak about leadership and to engage them in dialogue on social and educational issues. In 2010, President Obama appointed Kwan to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, and she was elected to the board of directors of Special Olympics International.
Tom McMillen is chairman of the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. He has served as the chairman and CEO of Homeland Security Capital Corporation since 2005. He is a former US representative (D-MD) and served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. McMillen played for the NBA for eleven years with the New York Knicks, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Washington Bullets, and he was on the 1972 US Olympic team. McMillen was a three-time All-American and academic All-American at the University of Maryland and went on to become a Rhodes Scholar. McMillen first received acclaim in high school when he was named the best basketball player in the US and was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. His book, Out of Bounds, examines the conflicts between sports and ethics.
Jeremy Schaap is a reporter and host for ESPN. He has won six national Sports Emmy Awards and many other honors for his work. He is the author of Cinderella Man, a New York Times best-seller, and Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics. His best-known ESPN stories include a Bobby Fischer profile, which earned him the national Sports Emmy for writing, an award named for his father Dick Schaap, and an investigation that took him to Serbia in search of a basketball player accused of a brutal assault, which earned him the national Sports Emmy for journalism.