02/17/2006 AT 8:30 AM ET
There may be no Olympic gold for Michelle Kwan this year, but there is a job with Mickey Mouse.
The 25-year-old figure skater, felled by a groin injury in Turin, has a deal with the Walt Disney Co. to become its celebrity spokeswoman, the entertainment conglomerate announced.
No financial terms were discussed.
Kwan, a Southern California native, is set to be featured in ads and other media promoting Disney businesses. She’ll also appear in the media company’s original programming, the company said.
Kwan, a five-time world figure skating champion, lost what could be her final bid to win Olympic gold last weekend, when she withdrew from the games because of a strained muscle. She won a silver Olympic medal in 1998 and a bronze in 2002.
After withdrawing from the Olympics, the Torrance, Calif., native turned down an offer to work as a broadcaster for NBC, saying she didn’t want to be a distraction for remaining members of the U.S. Olympic figure skating team.
Kwan has established ties to Disney (which owns rival ABC). Disney published her fictional book series, Michelle Kwan Presents Skating Dreams, and she has appeared in Disney and ABC TV specials.
In 1998, she also skated on a TV special based on the music of Disney’s animated feature Mulan.