Michelle Kwan talks relationship with mom, 'Thank you, mom' campaign

Michelle Kwan remembers waking up early in the morning and pressing her head against her window -- dreaming about someday being a legendary athlete.

Her story and those of other Olympic athletes are featured in this year's installation of P&G's award-winning "Thank you, Mom" campaign, which has been a staple of the Olympics season since its debut.

"My parents taught us at a very young age and made me understand how much they were sacrificing to give their kids an opportunity to skate," Kwan says of her family. "I remember reality checks of me being late and my father having to remind me what the family was sacrificing and how I just needed to make the most of every opportunity I had."

Kwan is a two-time Olympic medalist whose immigrant family faced economic hardships in supporting her Olympic Games dreams.

"Even at a young age when you start to do well, it’s tough because it’s lonely on top, and I wasn’t the most popular," Kwan says. "It’s having that advice from your mom that 'You can do it, just stay focused. People are going to be jealous, but don’t let that distract you from what you want to achieve.'"

This theme of this year's edition is "Love Over Bias," and is inspired by the stories of athletes, Kwan included, whose journies and personal stories closely reflect the campaign.

"At P&G, we aspire to create a better world for everyone - a world free from bias, with equal representation, equal voices and equal opportunity. When the world is more equal, society is better and it leads to economic growth," a statement from P&G's Marc Pritchard reads. "Unfortunately, equality is limited by biases, and we recognise we can use our voice to be a force for good and shine a light on the bias that limits human potential.  We hope to promote open discussion, influence attitudes, and ideally change behaviour."

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