‘Perfect miracle’: Michelle Kwan announces birth of first child

Former Olympic skating champion Michelle Kwan announced the birth of her first child, calling her daughter “a perfect miracle.”

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Kwan, 41, posted a photo of Kalista Belle Kwan along with a long caption on her Instagram page on Wednesday.

“I’m overjoyed and tears of happiness are streaming down my face as I share the news of the arrival of Kalista Belle Kwan,” Michelle Kwan wrote. “I’ve always wanted to be a mom and, to me, she’s a perfect miracle. I had a hard time picturing what she might look like yet it seems like she’s been in my life forever.”

Michelle Kwan won an Olympic silver medal in 1998 and a bronze medal in 2002, E! News reported. She won more than 40 titles during her career, CNN reported.

She did not name her baby’s father, Entertainment Tonight reported. The skater was married to Coast Guard Lt. Clay Pell from 2013 until 2017.

Michelle Kwan also posted a time-lapse video that followed the progress of her pregnancy.

“I’ve wanted to share this happy news for many months but each milestone seemed to be exciting and daunting at the same time,” Michelle Kwan wrote on Instagram. “Each step of the way, I knew that there was still more time needed until I could hold her in my arms. Here’s a quick montage of the last nine months to catch you all up.”

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