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Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan campaigns for Hillary Clinton in Louisville

Michelle Kwan (Source: Justin Hawkins/WAVE 3 News) Michelle Kwan (Source: Justin Hawkins/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - U.S. Olympic figure skating medalist Michelle Kwan was in Louisville on Friday campaigning for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton. 

“She has a comprehensive plan in terms of climate, making college affordable, fighting for women’s issues,” Kwan said “These are things that really impact Kentuckians, but really impact Americans.”

Kwan has a personal reason for wanting to help Clinton's campaign. Ten years ago when Kwan retired from skating, she got a masters degree in foreign policy and worked under then-Secretary of State Clinton.

Kwan said she saw Clinton’s leadership and vision first-hand.

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“She has been fighting for women, children and families her whole entire life,” Kwan said. “From graduating from Yale, working at the Children's Defense Fund, fighting for children with disabilities, to 20 years ago, fighting for women's issues when she famously said in her speech, ‘Human rights are women's rights, women's rights are human rights once and for all.’"

Kwan said she knows as president, Clinton will fight for not just women but all Americans.

“We need someone who will break down barriers," Kwan said.

With the Summer Olympics a few months away, Kwan also reminisced about her Olympic glory. She said she still gets butterflies watching Olympic athletes because she knows what they’re going through.

She also said the Zika virus is a huge concern for fans and athletes traveling to Rio for the summer games.

“It's frightening. I think it reminds me sort of what was happening in Sochi, where there were a lot of security concerns, but this is Mother Nature,” Kwan said. “I can see a lot of people being worried to travel, but the Olympics will go on, our athletes will make us proud, and if they can't make it, they'll cheer from afar.”

Clinton's camp just announced she’ll be back in Kentucky on Sunday and Monday.

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