SOCHI SCENE: Kwan's Sochi stumping

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2014 at 8:33 am •  Published: February 7, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Michelle Kwan is fitting in some time for political campaigning while she covers the Sochi Games.

The two-time Olympic figure skating medalist is asking notable names to pose for a photo holding a pin supporting her husband for governor of Rhode Island. Clay Pell, a Democrat, announced his candidacy Jan. 27.

At a skating practice Friday, Kwan snapped a photo of Olympic swimming champion Summer Sanders with the pin. Kwan is working for Fox Sports as an analyst in Sochi.

Pell is a 32-year-old Democrat who's never held elected office. He is the grandson of late U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell, whose name is well-known because of the federal scholarship program, Pell Grants. Pell faces two Democrats in a primary, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo. Two Republicans are also in the race: Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and businessman Ken Block.

Kwan won a bronze medal in the 2002 Salt Lake City Games and a silver in the 1998 Nagano Games.

— Rachel Cohen — Twitter: http://twitter.com/rachelcohenap

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