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.
You can accomplish anything with pure persistence and drive.
Just because you didn't start out perfect doesn't mean you can't have an excellent result in the end.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 begged my mom to let me start skating.
I watch a lot of professional skating, and I am really looking forward to going to nationals.
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 just thought that it was magical having to glide across the ice.
I got a bronze medal and I can't complain about that, the only African-American to get a medal in the Winter Olympics.
My skating is a very emotional thing that comes from the heart, never doing it for the medal.
I am not really sure how I got interested in medicine.
It is great to be a part of the whole skating family, and it makes me feel ecstatic that my name will be among the greats of the sport.
I was always very strong in math, physics and calculus.
The Olympics: not one of my better memories.
For as long as I can really remember, I wanted to be a doctor.
I've got this thing with skating and school - to see how much I can accomplish.
Right now I am doing my residency in orthopedic research.
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