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Michelle Kwan Gets Engaged To White House National Security Staff Member

Michelle Kwan Gets Engaged

Michelle Kwan will have some diamond bling to add to all of her gold now that the figure skating champion has gotten engaged to Clay Pel.

The 30-year-old Pell proposed to Michelle Kwan earlier this month on Block Island off the coast of Rhode Island, CBS8.com reported. The couple first met in April 2011.

“It was a simple decision and it made sense; that’s what’s so exciting to me,” the 32-year-old Michelle Kwan told People magazine. “We are working together as a team, like in [pair skating].”

But the proposal almost didn’t go off as Pell planned, Kwan said.

“It was hot and we were going to go into the water to cool ourselves off a little bit,” she said. “I wasn’t anticipating going swimming. I said, ‘I don’t feel comfortable because I don’t have my bathing suit on.’ He’s like, ‘No, come on in,’ so I said, ‘Okay.’ ”

Even though the couple had been dating more than a year, Pell said he was still nervous about whether Michelle Kwan would say yes.

“We had been talking for a while about how we would like to have a family and the idea of getting married and what we wanted to do with our lives — and public service,” said Pell, a member of the White House’s National Security team. “So I think we both knew where we were relationship-wise and where we were going.”

He added, “It was amazing from the very beginning how in sync our way of thinking is, our basic values and our sense of priorities. We just both got each other.”

Pell is a JAG and Lieutenant in the US Coast Guard and the grandson of former Rhode Island Senator Clairborne Pell. The senator was the founder of Pell grants for college.

Michell Kwan has also been involved in public service since she left competitive skating in 2005. After wining the national figure skating championships nine times and the world championships five times, Kwan moved into advocacy. In June, she was appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports and is a US public policy envoy in the State Department.

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20 Responses to “Michelle Kwan Gets Engaged To White House National Security Staff Member”

  1. Ann Meyer

    She probably is a nice person. Unfortunately, when you are connected with the Clinton name it turns a lot of folks off. I'm one of those folks.

  2. Joanne Triolo

    If you all would take a look at this man's credentials instead of the words 'White House', he is quite accomplished for a man his age: Clay Pell, Providence, RI. Clay Pell is a JAG and Lieutenant in the United States Coast Guard. He has served as Admiral’s Aide, Appellate Government Counsel, and Adjunct Faculty for the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies. Clay executes regular Coast Guard exchanges with China to improve military diplomacy, instructs courses on human rights and military justice, and has prosecuted crimes for the U.S. Marine Corps. Prior to military service, Clay worked for the CIA, State Department, and the international law firms of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Baker & McKenzie, and Uría Menéndez. He helped lead a national campaign to increase funding for inexpensive, lifesaving medicines for children under five. In Rhode Island, Clay supported Progreso Latino, the International Institute, and the China Working Group in their drive to instruct foreign languages in local schools and provide critical services to communities of new Americans. Clay is fluent in Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic and studied law in China and Argentina. He graduated first in his class from the Coast Guard Direct Commission Officer School, earned his J.D. from Georgetown University, and graduated from Harvard University with high honors in Social Studies and a Citation in Modern Standard Arabic. Clay is a recipient of the CIA’s Exceptional Performance Award.

  3. Anonymous

    @Joanne, Clay's credentials are most definitely exceptional. The young man has to be highly intelligent and has a lot of training in multiple fields. He seems to have heart to want to sow into the lives of in need. Michelle has certainly found a gem in Clay. Of course, he's found a gem in her as well.

  4. Gail Noon

    TO ANN MEYER…….and it is all in your head — because Hillary is VERY bright, and I have not read of any irritating and unusually demanding personality problems.

    In fact, I was going to vot for her before she dropped out of the presidential race (and I decided to then go for Obama)…….BECAUSE, I read that Bill Clinton is smart — but Hillary is even smarter. And she has certainly proved that as Secretary of State.

  5. Anonymous

    Now it's time for her no more being a virgin lose it already and he needs to hit it!

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