The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded.
Most other competitions are individual achievements, but the Olympic Games is something that belongs to everybody.
Without strength and courage it's really hard to perform at the highest levels of international figure skating, because you're alone on the ice and you only have seven minutes over two nights to prove yourself.
Adversity, and perseverance and all these things can shape you. They can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless.
Male figure skating is different than female figure skating; we're not America's sweetheart.
I don't want to look back-I want to keep looking ahead. I'd hate for my defining moment to be my past.
What was really funny is that as I got older all those guys who called me a sissy in junior high school wanted me to be their best friend because they wanted to meet all the girls that I knew in figure skating.
I started skating and I kind of liked it because I could run circles around the guys that wouldn't pick me to play baseball.
Everything that I've ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance.
I was nine-years-old when I first put on skates.
Rationality is not one of this industry's attributes.
When you turn professional, you become an entertainer, and like every other entertainer, you don't want to get a bad review.
I was more interested in skating and the girls and traveling than I was in calculus.
I just try to touch people's hearts in a way through skating, so they're not just witnessing a performance, they're feeling a performance and they're a part of it.
I graduated a the top of my class in the '84 Olympic Games; I won a gold medal.
Half of figure skating is opinion, convincing judges.
From the fall of October, 1980 to March, 1984 I never lost a competition.
And the fact that I liked to show off and be the center of attention really lends itself to figure skating very well.
And so figure skating was a great vehicle for me to kind of be competitive at something, without having to be big.
But I never really thought that I would be extraordinarily successful at skating, it's just something that happened, you know.
I don't think most teachers realize how much impact they have.
I had a ninth grade teacher who told me I was much smarter and much better than I was allowing myself to be.
I didn't want to be the sissy figure skater, you know.
Memories just get richer with time.
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