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Thursday, March 02, 2006


Michelle Kwan has won nine US titles, five World Championships and two Olympic medals. But now she’s also earned an honor unique to any skater, ever. Michelle Kwan is the inspiration for the interior of Ford’s new Mercury MetaOne SUV.

Anthony Prozzi, Senior Creative Designer for Ford, is a self-described huge figure-skating fan, with a particular fondness for Ms. Kwan.

“Michelle Kwan is an extraordinary role model,” Prozzi praised. “Her spirit, dedication, and commitment to her sport are inspirational. Through her career, she has carried herself with such poise, she stays grounded and level-headed and knows how to put everything into perspective. Her art and athleticism are beyond words. Here is this athlete who is powerful, fast and strong. Yet everything is done with kindness, softness and ease. Whenever the pressures of my world become unbearable, I watch her performances and all the problems just go away. Michelle embodies everything we look at in car design – a stance, a pose, a line, proportion, elegance, tension, and most importantly, she transcends a mood, an emotion. She evokes such passion through her skating. It's that passion that I look to capture every time I put pen to paper. With the design of the Mercury MetaOne, I wanted an interior that is bold, but at the same time it needed to have a soft edge and a feeling of serenity. And that's what brought me back to Michelle's skate to Lyra Angelica at the '98 Nationals. There's such an overwhelming inner peace and joy to that performance, she embraced everyone who watched and carried them through her emotions. It had all the answers I needed.”

Prozzi was able to personally thank Michelle for her inspiration through a bit of small-world coincidence.

“The director of Ford's car design's wife's best friend works for Michelle's PR,” Prozzi explained. “She read all the articles and watched the TV spots where I speak of Michelle's influence and showed it to Michelle. One thing led to another, and a dream came through. To meet Michelle left me speechless. I am constantly inspired and moved by her achievements. My goal is to design a (car) interior that could only move people the way she has moved so many. Who knows maybe one day Michelle will be driving one of my cars!”


  • At March 02, 2006 1:08 PM, Anonymous said…

    I can certainly agree with Anthony Prozzi being a Michelle Kwan fan. But to say that to relieve his stress all he has to do is watch one of her performances. . . please!

  • At March 02, 2006 7:49 PM, M said…

    Well, as wonderful a skater as Michelle is, this guy is a little TOO into her. Almost makes her sounds like a messianic figure@ A little scary!

  • At March 06, 2006 5:54 AM, Anonymous said…

    hey, ease up on me people ...!
    watching her skate is better than taking some prozac, and ok so i have her on a pedestal.. but its not an altar!

  • At March 06, 2006 10:47 AM, Anonymous said…

    i agree with the designer guy, she is beautiful and an incredible role model; i prefer my kids to look to miss kwan for inspiration than many other sports figures who shall remain nameless

  • At March 06, 2006 12:44 PM, Anonymous said…

    I'm surprised at the cynicism displayed by some of you, considering how exhilarating and inspiring figure skating can be. I think it's great when an artist or designer can draw inspiration from another creative discipline -- leading him or her to new ideas and directions that they wouldn't have arrived at otherwise. For those of you who dismiss Anthony as being "too into her", I think that says more about you than it does about him. No offense.

  • At March 06, 2006 1:18 PM, Anonymous said…

    Bravo Mr. Prozzi! I applaud you for recognizing Miss Kwan for the inspiration that she is.

  • At March 10, 2006 4:56 PM, Anonymous said…

    Okay so he is a little over the top, and his description is a little affected, but where the guys draws his inspiration is his thing. It's just unfortunate the Ms. Kwan didnt' compete in the Olympics, this guy would have really gotten his rocks off. Good Luck, Mr. Prozzi I will be the first one at the dealership at least to test drive the Kwan Kar!!


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