Michelle Kwan criticized for endorsing Coca-Cola

By: Dee DeQuattro

Twitter: @deedequattro

Email: ddequattro@abc6.com

Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan is taking some criticism for being the brand ambassador for Coca-Cola at the Sochi winter Olympics.

The Center for Science in the Public Interests (CSPI) criticized the wife of Rhode Island Gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell saying she is playing dual-roles because she also sits on the President's Council on Fitness.

The group says that the President's council advocates drinking watery instead of sugary drinks. Meanwhile Kwan is being featured in Coca-Cola ads endorsing the product.

“The President's Council is one of the premier platforms the federal government has for promoting its official advice on nutrition,” said CSPI director of health promotion policy Jim O'Hara. “Therefore the Council has an obligation to protect the integrity of its public health messages. Allowing makers of sugar drinks or junk foods to rent Michelle Kwan or other Council members is unacceptable.”

Of the nine athletes on the President's Council, five are current or former endorsers of sugary beverages including Drew Brees who has appeared in Pepsi commercials, Allyson Felix who has endorsed Gatorade, and Chris Paul who endorses Powerade.

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