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Michelle Kwan gets the cold treatment over her endorsement of Coca-Cola

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Are you now, or have you ever been, a shill for Coca-Cola?

A conservative think tank denounced Tuesday a nutritional advocacy group for its attacks on Olympic figure skater legend Michelle Kwan for being a pusher of soft drinks while sitting on President Obama’s fitness council, while the group doubled down on its position.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) had said Miss Kwan’s dual roles as a Coca-Cola “ambassador” to the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and her membership on the Council on Fitness,Sports, and Nutrition were “unacceptable.”

It “cannot be reconciled, since Coca-Cola and the President’s Council communicate opposing messages when it comes to sugar drinks,” CSPI said while going on to note that of the nine athletes on the council, “at least five are current or former endorsers of sugar drinks.”

Council co-chair Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, has appeared in Pepsi commercials, for instance,” the group said. “Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix has endorsed Gatorade, and Chris Paulof the Los Angeles Clippers endorses Powerade.”

Allowing makers of sugar drinks or junk foods to rent Michelle Kwan or other council members is unacceptable,” said CSPI director of health promotion policy Jim O’Hara.

On Tuesday, though, Jeff Stier, senior fellow of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research, said CSPI’s “absolutist view” was “absurd” and said it undermines public-health efforts “by suggesting that people who enjoy an occasional sugary beverage cannot be active, athletic and healthy.”

Michelle Kwan’s Coca-Cola endorsement does not suggest consumers drink too much soda. If anything, it conveys that people who do enjoy soda, can do so in moderation while also avoiding a sedentary lifestyle,” Mr. Stier said.

This latest campaign against food and beverage manufacturers further supports the conclusion that when it comes to addressing obesity, the most prominent public health activists are intent on turning the discussion about obesity into a war, rather than a solvable problem.”

A spokesman for CSPI pointed to the council’s own guidelines on Tuesday in response.

The council’s guidelines for “how to eat healthy” include “[drinking] water instead of sugary drinks” as one of eight goals people can try incorporating into their diet: “Cut calories by drinking water or unsweetened beverages. Soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks are a major source of added sugar and calories in American diets.”

Soda companies use athletes to inoculate themselves against the studies, which link sugary drinks to obesity, diabetes and other health problems,” CSPI spokesman Jeff Cronin said in an email. “By endorsing Coca-Cola, Michelle Kwan is giving the impression that sugar drinks are somehow linked to fitness and health, when in fact the opposite is true.”

Mr. Cronin also dismissed the conservative group’s criticism, saying it had “been a while since I’ve heard about the National Center for Public Policy Research.”

This was because “presumably reporters have been less likely to cite the [group’s] role in the years since the Abramoff scandal,” he said, referring to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who resigned from the group’s board of directors in 2004.

Neither the White House nor Coca-Cola responded to requests for comment Tuesday.

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Figure Skater Michelle Kwan: Then and Now…

 

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Michelle Kwan at the Salute To Women In Sports Awards, October 16, 2013
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Michelle Kwan’s husband exploring a run for Governor of Rhode Island…

 

We could be seeing figure skating champion Michelle Kwan on the campaign trail next year.

Conservative blogger Jeff Quinton is reporting that Michelle Kwan’s husband, Clayton Pell, has quit his job at the US Department of Education to put together an exploratory committee to run for office.

Previous reports had said Pell, the grandson of the late U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell, was considering a run for Governor of Rhode Island. Pell is reportedly concerned how the campaign would effect Kwan. The couple will celebrate their first anniversary next month.

You can read more about Pell’s political beliefs in the The Quinton Report.

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Michelle Kwan: “Sweet Child o’ Mine” – Guzheng Cover

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Many of you are apparently fans of both Guns N Roses and traditional Chinese instruments… Check out this dope video of Vancouver musician Michelle Kwan — not to be confused with the world champion American figure skater — rocking a kickass cover of the hard rock classic “Sweet Child of Mine” on the guzheng.

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Michelle Kwan to cover Olympics for Fox

Olympic figure skating legend Michelle Kwan, who won an Olympic silver in 1998 and bronze in 2002, is going back to the Olympics — as a television analyst.

Kwan has been hired by Fox Sports to cover the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The nine-time U.S. and five-time world champion figure skater will cover a variety of sports for Fox, which is launching its cable sports channel, Fox Sports 1, this month.

She says she is hoping to be involved in Fox’s Super Bowl coverage just before the Sochi Games.

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