2 Replies to “A Conversation with Olympic Medalist Michelle Kwan & Special Olympics Medalist Melissa Reilly”

  1. Thank you all so much for inspiring my current life’s journey, Oscar Academy Award Winning dream come true journey, storytelling writing career, and my post Israeli American immigrant citizenship journey, based in my current hometown of Jerusalem Israel; I could have never become the global citizen of love, kindness, compassion, and gratitude without you all inspiring me to never give up. Last week, as a present Kol Haneshama Jerusalem synagogue member and Israeli citizen of almost three years, I had the esteemed blessing of attending a Jerusalem Cinematheque film screening of Above and Beyond; I loved watching the film so much, and it inspired me beyond words; Film will always be a part of my heart and soul. On May 15th 1994, I was born on the Upper West Side of Manhattan New York City, and had been bullied my entire life for my High Functioning Autism Syndrome. Even though I had endured adversity, while going through occupational speech therapy classes, due to my inability to verbally speak in White Plains New York before the age of three, I never let adversity and my battles with anxiety define who I am. I have lived my entire life with an Eye of the Tiger positive attitude and with endless love, compassion, and kindness and gratefulness for my loving South Miami Florida and Jewish Jerusalem Israeli based family. During the fourteen years that I had spent living in White Plains Westchester New York, I had, at the age of ten years old earned a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts by breaking a board on fire, and overcoming Bear Mountain State Park’s black ice covered hiking trail in Upstate New York. I have been Jewish my whole life, since my mother’s parents originally from Mosul Iraq and Jerusalem Israel were also Jewish by birth. Even though I had received a second degree burn, as I broke through my karate fire board, and even though I had fallen countless times on black ice, I never let the fear of failure define who I am. Following Elementary and Middle School, and my graduation from Elementary and Middle School, I would graduate from the North Miami Beach Florida RASG Hebrew Academy High School, and never let my Autism disability inhibit me from inspiring my current life heroes. In May 2016, I ended up going on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and the Liberal Arts from Baltimore Maryland’s Goucher College; In late May 2016, I took my Israeli immigration flight from New York City’s JFK Airport to Ben Gurion’s Tel Aviv International Airport; As my overseas flight went above the Atlantic, I watched from beginning to end the stellar film Brooklyn starring the phenomenal Ms. Saoirse Ronan; Home is where the heart is; In one of the final scenes of Saoirse Ronan’s Brooklyn film, she reached New York City and Ellis Island, an place so close to my birthplace home of Manhattan and the Upper West Side New York. Once I had landed in Jerusalem, I had already volunteered for Volunteers for Israel Sar El, The Israel Museum of Jerusalem’s Photography Department with MASA Israel for six months, and with Jerusalem’s National Library of Israel and The Central Archives of Jewish History of Hebrew University Givat Ram Jerusalem Israel, and with Jerusalem Israel’s largest archaeology site Givati Inc; led by Bar Ilan University and Hebrew University Archaeology professor emerita instructors Dr. Doron Ben Ami and Dr. Yana Tchekhanovets. In Jerusalem as an Israeli, I ended up evolving into an film education equity access supporter and film directing education patron and Annenberg Inclusion Rider International Movement ambassador after I had viewed the films Wonder Woman, The Battle of the Sexes, La La Land, Lincoln, Above and Beyond, The Shape of Water, The Secret, Glory Road, Secretariat, Rudy, A Star Is Born, Lady Bird, and Newsies. From January 2018 through July 2018, I trained to join Mobileye Intel Talpiyot Jerusalem’s newest computer data algorithm correction department. Between May 8th and May 22nd in 2019, I am taking a vacation from my company high tech startup work at Mobileye Intel, and will celebrate my 25th birthday in South Miami Florida (my parents current hometown) on May 15th 2019. On May 19th 2019, my sister Talia Trauner will be graduating from Tufts University her alma mater in Medford Massachusetts, where she will earn her BA and finish university; I will also be hearing live with my immediate family and Boynton Beach Florida raised American grandparents, in Medford Massachusetts at Tufts University on May 19th 2019, Mrs. Alfre Woodard's commencement graduation address addressed to the Tufts University Medford Massachusetts Class of 2019; I couldn't be more excited for Mrs. Woodard's speech; Mrs. Alfre Woodard was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting actress role in 12 Years A Slave. If you're presenting yourself with confidence, you can pull off pretty much anything. Katy Perry. I love imperfections. Lady Gaga. I'm different, and I'm not afraid to be different. Debby Ryan. I have also shared my inspiring life's journey, Oscar Academy Award Winning aspiring journey, and true stories from my life's journey to American Idol, Britain's Got Talent, Ireland's Got Talent, Mrs. Kelly Clarkson, The Bergamot Band from Indiana (who won Emmy's for their single EP Periscope), Mrs. Katy Perry, Mrs. Lady Gaga, Nike Inc, ESPN Inc, ESPN Media/Communications Department, Vanity Fair, Vogue Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Time Magazine, Market Watch, Mrs. Katy Perry, The Emmy's Television Academy, The Grammy's Music Recording Academy, The Primetime Emmy's Academy, The ESPY's, The Oscars Academy, Mrs. Emma Watson, Mrs. Emma Stone, Mr. Ryan Gosling, Mrs. Jennifer Lawrence, Mrs. Oprah Winfrey, Mrs. Ellen DeGeneres, Good Mythical Morning's Rhett and Link, Mrs. Jennette McCurdy (an stellar film director), Mrs. Maya Rudolph, Mrs. Tina Fey, Mrs. Amy Poehler, Mr. Jimmy Fallon, Mrs. Cate Blanchett, Mrs. Anne Hathaway, Mr. Matthew McConaughey, Mr. Derek Jeter, Ms. Ellen Page, Mrs. Nina Dobrev, Mrs. Mila Kunis, Mrs. Meryl Streep, Mrs. Alyson Stoner, Mrs. Debby Ryan, Mrs. Zoey Deutch, Mrs. Barbra Streisand, Mr. Jimmy Kimmel, Mrs. Amy Schumer, Mr. Chris Fischer, Mr. Seth Meyers, Mrs. Kristen Bell, Mrs. Anna Kendrick, Mrs. Brie Larson of Captain Marvel (She will attend with Emma Watson and their supporters, the Her Media Inc Conference in New York City this upcoming mid April in 2019), Mrs. Jennifer Lopez, Mr. Tom Brady, Mr. Shaquille O Neal, Music Artist Mrs. Britt Nicole (She has an awesome song called Gold; The lyrics are so inspiring), Mr. Hans Zimmer, Mrs. Priyanka Jonas, Mr. Dan Marino, The Dan Marino Foundation of Coral Gables Florida, Mr. Ben Fanelli of Canada and Ben Fanelli's YouTube Channel Heroic Minds, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Mr. Ben Platt of Dear Evan Hansen, Mr. Lin Manuel Miranda, Mrs. Mindy Kaling, Mrs. Tarana Burke (The Founder of the Times Up Now Movement), 20th Century Fox, Mrs. Marai Larasi (The Founder of the London England End Violence Against Women Coalition), Mrs. Billie Jean King, Mrs. Diana Nyad, Mrs. Alfre Woodard Tufts University Medford's 2019 Commencement Address (that I will be in attendance for on May 19th 2019), Mrs. Serena Williams, The Duchess of Sussex Mrs. Rachel Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Cambridge Mrs. Kate Middleton, Mr. Steven Spielberg, Mrs. Nancy Spielberg, Mrs. Anne Spielberg, Mrs. Sara Bareilles, OWN The Oprah Winfrey Network, The Royal Family (whose initiatives on increasing mental health education access I support), He For She New York, One Young World International, America's Got Talent, American Idol, and Harpo Productions (Oprah Winfrey's Production Company).

  2. Michelle Kwan looks so much better now as an older lady (although, she is not old but possibly in her early 40s) than when she was young

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