An athlete gains so much knowledge by just participating in a sport. Focus, discipline, hard work, goal setting and, of course, the thrill of finally achieving your goals. These are all lessons in life.
I don't know how many people really knew who I was before the Olympics and that's the fun thing of the Olympics - you get to know someone who captures your heart, hopefully.
Every day, someone realizes a dream. I believe dreams help light our darkness and give us the push we need to move across the rink of life.
I'd try to channel my nervous energy in a positive way into strength and endurance. It didn't always work.
I've realized how precious life is. When I was younger, I was more adventurous. I felt invincible. I was game for everything. As a mom, I don't want to get injured because then I can't take care of my kids.
At 6 years old, the ice became a place for me to express myself. Because I was so shy off the ice, it became my safe haven, with music and freedom and self-expression. That was my emotional outlet.
I learned to put 100 percent into what you're doing. I learned about setting goals for yourself, knowing where you want to be and taking small steps toward those goals. I learned about adversity and how to get past it.
I'm always looking for inspiring ways to stay motivated and stay active.
Being an athlete, you know how to train and prepare your body for a performance and you're able to do it under pressure.
The skaters a lot of times do their own hair and makeup before they compete. That was always kind of a ritual...that calming, quiet time where you can just do your hair and makeup. And then I would always lace up my right skate before my left one.
I've always worked closely with the designers and whoever's making the costumes. Comfort is the last thing you want on your mind when you're competing. In an ideal situation, you'll have something where you'll put it on and you're fine and you don't have to worry about it at all.
I don't mind the sparkle - I think it's kind of a tradition in skating. I don't think the men really need sparkles, but for the women it's part of the glamour of our sport.
I never wanted to feel I hadn't worked hard enough.
Figure skaters have awful perceptions of hockey players.
They say, once you have a child, your heart is forever outside your body. I totally understand that now.
I'm kind of a homebody. My husband says I like to just stay home and do nothing, but that's just how I am.
My experience at the 1992 Winter Olympics was my fulfillment of dreaming the Impossible Dream.
Now, I am thrilled to be a wife and mother, and I hope to be as good of a mother as my own mother, Carole.
There are two or three performances in your life that are absolutely on, where all the planets are lined up for you and you feel you're invincible.
Everything that happened in '92 was more than I had dreamed of... winning the U.S. title for the first time and then doing so well at the Olympics... It seemed to wrap things up so perfectly. I couldn't help thinking, 'How could I top that?'
Probably a few weeks after I was born I started having casts put on my legs to straighten them out. After that corrective shoes and with a brace in between.
I feel like I missed out on the regular high school social life, but that's the way I chose to be.
As a professional, I think we're not being judged solely on technical ability anymore. People really want to be entertained and enjoy what they're watching.
One of my mottos not only just in skating but in life in general and I try to enforce it as well, is like no regrets and just like going for it.
In terms of my career, having the gold definitely changed my life. The Olympics are different, you know? They're every four years and it's such a small group.
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