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SOCHI SCENE: Kwan's Sochi stumping

Friday - 2/7/2014, 9:36am  ET

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2012 file photo, former figure skater Michelle Kwan waves at an on-ice recognition for her Hall of Fame induction at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif. 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 Clay Pell for governor of Rhode Island. Her husband announced Jan. 27, 2014, that he is running for the state’s top office. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

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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