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.
Everything that I've ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance.
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.
I was nine-years-old when I first put on skates.
I was more interested in skating and the girls and traveling than I was in calculus.
But I never really thought that I would be extraordinarily successful at skating, it's just something that happened, you know.
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.
Each movement is only learned after you've perfected the one before it.
Always try to maintain complete tolerance and always make an effort to give people more then they expect.
A bad attitude is the only true handicap.
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.
The Olympics in '80 was phenomenal. It was my favorite memory of all competitive events, because it was brand new and it was exciting.
Memories just get richer with time.
I didn't want to be the sissy figure skater, you know.
Refined indifference is a sports psychology precept: train like there's no tomorrow and then accept whatever happens. Once you step on the field realize that whatever is meant to be is meant to be.
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