I tell people I'm too stupid to know what's impossible. I have ridiculously large dreams, and half the time they come true.
My mother introduced me to many different things, and figure skating was one of them. I just thought that it was magical having to glide across the ice.
If you trust your nerve as well as your skill, you're capable of a lot more than you can imagine.
What makes you really come together under pressure is determination and focus and toughness.
I watch a lot of professional skating, and I am really looking forward to going to nationals.
I am not really sure how I got interested in medicine.
I just thought that it was magical having to glide across the ice.
For as long as I can really remember, I wanted to be a doctor.
You can accomplish anything with pure persistence and drive.
Probably the '86 nationals. That was my first real national title and first real statement I ever made in figure skating, and my life changed after I returned.
I got a bronze medal and I can't complain about that, the only African-American to get a medal in the Winter Olympics.
What was most important to me at the Olympics was going out there and performing my best. When I messed up the first jump combination, which was my big move, it hit me that I messed up the program of my life.
I tell people I'm too stupid to...
Right now I am doing my residency in orthopedic research.
So I went for engineering, specifically product design, which I enjoyed.
My advice is that going to the Olympics and winning a gold medal are great goals, but the real goal should be to be the best that you can be.
Figure skating was a pretty individual sport. I've grown up a lot since those days and enjoy being part of a team now. Being a doctor is about working with nurses, therapists, anesthesiologists, and I've learned more about team play being a doctor than when I was in sports.
I've got this thing with skating and school - to see how much I can accomplish.
I wanted to be a doctor since I was five.
I want people to know when I'm taking care of them I'll give it all that I've got.
But I like it when my patients are impressed not knowing that I was an Olympian.
Being an Olympian, I always have this strong belief in excellence.
I would make my mom buy me the toy doctor kit.
I begged my mom to let me start skating.
The Olympics: not one of my better memories.
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