Olympic Figure Skater Michelle Kwan, Clay Pell to Divorce | NBC Chicago

Olympic Figure Skater Michelle Kwan, Clay Pell to Divorce

In a statement Pell said it's "a sad and difficult turn of events"

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    Olympic Figure Skater Michelle Kwan, Clay Pell to Divorce
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    File - In this Jan. 28, 2014 file photo, Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, right and husband Clay Pell, left, grandson of the late Sen. Claiborne Pell, D-RI enter the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I. In a statement Wednesday, Pell said the couple is getting divorced.

    Olympic medalist figure skater Michelle Kwan and Rhode Island attorney and political activist Clay Pell are getting divorced.

    Pell says in a statement issued Wednesday it's with "deep regret" the couple's four-year marriage is coming to an end.

    Kwan is a five-time world figure skating champion and nine-time U.S. figure skating champion. She won Olympic medals in 1998 and 2002.

    Pell is the grandson of Rhode Island's late Democratic U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2014.

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    Pell and Kwan married in Providence in 2013.

    Pell said it's "a sad and difficult turn of events." He says he loves Kwan and wishes her the best as her life takes her in a new direction.